What could have been going on in the mind of this 7-year-old girl?

She ran away from her parents and managed to take a train to Geneva airport and boarded a plane despite having no ticket.

The girl reportedly escaped from her parents near Geneva’s central railway station on Sunday, then took the one-stop ride to the airport.

Her parents had to ring the Swiss police, who tracked her progress through the airport on security videos.

According to airport spokesman, Bertrand Staempfli, 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.

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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 police.

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.

The airport said in the statement it would tighten safety rules and boarding procedures as a result of what it described as a the “highly regrettable incident”.

“This should never have happened,” Staempfli said.

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