Maybe the kid just wanted to find himself at a yoga retreat.
A 12-year-old Australian boy really ticked off his parents by using the family credit card to buy flights to Bali, Indonesia, after he had an argument with his mum.
Given the pseudonym Drew by A Current Affair, the boy also managed to fool his grandmother into giving him his passport. He figured out he could fly on certain Australian airlines without parental permission, only needing a school ID and a valid passport to fly.
Drew told his parents one morning he was off to school, but instead hopped on his scooter and caught a train to Sydney airport. There he used self-service check-in, passed security, and made his way first to Perth. No one there suspected anything wrong.
“They just asked for my student ID and passport to prove that I’m over 12 and that I’m in secondary school,” he told the program.
Bali isn’t a place that’s short of accommodation, and Drew managed to book himself a room at the All Seasons Hotel (a relatively modest, three-star abode), telling staff he was checking in early and waiting for his sister was coming later.
“There’s no emotion to feel what we felt when we found out when he left overseas,” Drew’s mother, only known as Emma, told the program. She reported her son missing, not that he seemed to have worried.
“It was great,” Drew said. “Because I wanted to go on an adventure.”