25 years after the proclaimed “end of history”, 30 years after Big Brother was watching Winston Smith as well as almost everything else, a nine year old boy managed to tiptoe into a commercial airliner heading for Las Vegas, and no one noticed. He did not have a ticket or booking and was able to get through security and the boarding gate unnoticed. Nothing harmful had happened, still many eyebrows and questions have been raised.
Could this be true and will it happen again? The answer is yes.
Children could be naïve and innocent, on the other hand there’s only a fine line between digital native and digital naïve. Despite of our pride of the accomplishments in the airline industry, we wonder why air travel is still imperfect, let alone disappointing. Let us continue to strive for the elaboration of this great invention and experience, and let’s be grateful for the lateral thinker in the child.
„The essence of childhood, of course, is play, which my friends and I did endlessly on streets that we reluctantly shared with traffic.“ (Bill Cosby)