girl gave her parents the slip near Geneva's central railway
station on Sunday, then took the one-stop ride to the airport.
Her parents rang the Swiss police, who tracked her progress
through the airport on security videos, airport spokesman
Bertrand Staempfli said.
She went through the security gate and managed to pass herself
off as the child of adults around her, before using her small
stature to slip through the departure gate without being noticed
and boarding a plane, the airport said in a statement.
On her first attempt she followed a crew toward the plane and
was turned back. She melted into the crowd and pretended to look
for her parents. The second time, she managed to get into a
plane, was spotted by an official, stopped, and handed over to
Staempfli declined to say which airline was involved or where it
was flying to, but he said it was leaving from the airport's
French sector and the destination was in France.
Geneva airport straddles the French-Swiss border and passengers
can leave from France or Switzerland.
The airport said in the statement it would tighten safety rules
and boarding procedures as a result of what it called the
"highly regrettable incident".
"This should never have happened," Staempfli said.
(Reporting by Tom Miles)
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