The fact that a 12 year old Sydney boy was able to boarded flight alone from Sydney to Perth, then another to Indonesia, does not instill confidence in Australian airport security procedures.

On the other hand, I see a bright future for this young man. His determination and creativity could serve him well, if he receives the proper guidance.

A 12-year-old Sydney boy stole his parents’ credit card, tricked his grandmother into giving him his passport and flew to Bali on his own after a family argument.

The boy, given the pseudonym Drew by A Current Affair, was told he couldn’t go to Bali by his mother but managed to book himself flights (researching an airline that allowed 12-year-olds to fly unaccompanied) and a hotel room, and to depart the country unimpeded.

Telling his family he was going to school, he rode his razor scooter to his local train station, from where he travelled to the airport and, using a self-service check-in terminal, boarded a flight for Perth, then another for Indonesia, the Nine Network program reported.