12-year-old boy spent A$8,000 and flew overseas without family knowledge

April 25, 2018
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After an argument with his mother, a 12 year-old boy ran away from home, from Sydney to Bali. The boy managed to purchase the air ticket and pay for a 4 days stay at a resort using his parent’s credit card.

This was not his first attempt to book a fight alone to Bali. He was rejected by the airline at that time as he did not have a letter of authorisation from his parents. However, this time, the boy was told that he could go on the flight without his parent’s permission.

His mother told Channel Nine “He just doesn’t like the word ‘no’, and that’s what I got, a kid in Indonesia.”

“It’s too easy, it’s way too easy. There’s a problem in our system,” she said, calling for tighter controls on air travel by young people.

In the 4 days at Bali, the boy not only managed to check in into a hotel but also hire a scooter and consume alcohol. His mum was notified by a friend of the boy who saw a geotagged video of himself playing in a swimming pool. This entire trip cost his parents A$8,000 (S$8,051)

The Australian Federal Police were first alerted that the boy may attempt to leave the country on March 8, before being told he might be in Bali on March 17.

His parents flew to Bali to take him home when Indonesian authorities found him the next day.

“The Australian Federal Police will work with partner agencies to review the circumstances of this matter and current operating procedures, to ensure this type of incident does not occur again,” a police spokesman said in a statement. 

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