An unnamed boy from Sydney has made headlines for managing to travel all the way to Bali after an argument with his parents. The twelve year old apparently booked flights and accommodation online after his parents cancelled their family holiday to the Indonesian island, because he was angry they wouldn't be going on holiday that year.
He flew all the way to Bali via Perth, only showing airport officials his passport and school ID as proof that he was old enough to travel. It's not understood how his parents missed his purchases, or how he managed to get all that way without them noticing he was gone, but the child even booked himself into a holiday in Bali at the other end of his plane journey.
Australian authorities said the boy was found in Bali on 17 March and the Australian Federal Police have since confirmed the boy had been reported missing a full nine days earlier. He had failed to turn up at school and had instead been slinking through the airport using self-service check-in terminals, staying under the radar of airport officials. He was questioned only once, and told airline staff he was travelling to see family. The boy spoke about his 'adventure' on Australian show A Current Affair :"They just asked for my student ID and passport to prove that I am over 12 and that I am in secondary school. It was great because I wanted to go on an adventure." He had managed to check into the hotel by saying he was going to wait for his sister in the hotel room, but staff are understood to have contacted the Australian police after it became clear he was travelling alone.
The boy was taken into protective custody before being reunited with his parents, and his mother was deeply shocked by the experience, telling the programme "There is no emotion to feel what we felt when we found he left overseas."
Police are reviewing the case to ensure that nothing like it ever happens again, but they have spoken to explain that the boy was free to travel because there was no travel alert placed on him when he went missing. All airlines allow minors to travel alone, but the specific requirements differ between airlines.