A flight to America's adult playground, Las Vegas, had an unusual passenger last week: a 9-year-old boy traveling on his own, apparently without a ticket.
The boy went through security with all the other passengers, the Transportation Security Administration said in a statement, but officials are still trying to figure out how he did it - and how he then got on the flight.
Patrick Hogan, a spokesman for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, said the crew of Delta Flight 1651 "became suspicious of the child's circumstances" during the flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas. Crew members got in touch with authorities in Las Vegas and turned the boy over to Child Protective Services, Hogan said in a statement.
The airlines released a statement saying, "Delta is taking this incident very seriously and working with authorities in the investigation. Due to the fact that it involves a minor we are not commenting further at this time."
CNN’s George Howell says, “For the traveling public, who know the rigorous routine of airport screening it's a mystery how a child could have slipped through the cracks.” (WATCH TOP VIDEO)
Sen. Chuck Schumer Monday called on House Republicans to pass a "clean" increase to the government's debt ceiling, a day after House Speaker John Boehner said a clean increase just wasn't going to happen.
Schumer was on CNN's "New Day" warning against the dangers of Congress failing to increase the nation's $16.7 trillion limit on how much money can be borrowed. How dangerous is it? "The economy could collapse," Schumer told CNN's Chris Cuomo.
In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," one organization, "The Depressed Cake Shop," sells only gray colored baked goods to raise awareness of mental illness. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.
They're dark and gray baked goods with sad faces and discouraging phrases on them but on the inside of the treats are bright colors and sweet flavors, representing hope.
Melissa Riddington works for the organization and says “I think because it’s such a creative idea of turning something traditionally happy to something gray, is making people talk about depression.”
Doctors were able to save the arm of an Oklahoma zoo worker after a tiger bit it Saturday, according to the zoo's Facebook page.
The tiger, weighing 500-pounds, attacked the worker feeding it through a wire fence, pulling the woman's entire left arm through a tiny 4-inch square hole, reports CNN’s Miguel Marquez. (WATCH TOP VIDEO)
The unidentified employee, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition after surgery, said Undersheriff Jim Mullett of Garvin County, about 40 miles south of Oklahoma City. She was awake and speaking on the phone later Saturday, the zoo said.
The incident occurred about 10 a.m. (11 a.m. ET) at The Garold Wayne Interactive Zoological Park in Wynnewood.
Zoo owner Joe Schreibvogel says he was the first one on the scene to perform emergency medical aid when “the main focus was to stop the bleeding and save the woman's life.” He says the zoo will perform an internal investigation after she is out of another surgery later today and able to talk. (WATCH VIDEO)
Schreibvogel defends his zoo against such criticism saying the statements these organizations have released to press have no effect on the way it functions.
“I don't worry about what the Humane Society or PETA has to say about anything because, A, they're not here. B, they know nothing about our facility. And C, I really would rather not comment on an organization that killed 87% of the animals that they got their hands on last year while we work 24/7 to rescue animals and give up everything in our lives to keep these animals alive."
He also defends the scrutiny he’s fallen under for having to declare bankruptcy, saying that any non-profit organization needs help raising funds and paying its bills. Schreibvogel lastly explains alarming video recorded at the park during an undercover investigation that reveals a baby tiger who seems to hurt a child. He says “the tiger never broke skin on” the child in that incident.
“We have been through the investigation with the USDA in regards to their so-called six month undercover investigation…There is an open FBI case for the Animal Terrorist Act, because one question is, if someone was here during six months of abuse and they did not report the abuse, it must not have been that bad or they would have contacted local authorities way before six months.”