Report: Teen missing in Florida got past airport security

January 14, 2020 GMT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A 15-year-old girl who was reported missing told police she used a drink coupon to get past a security checkpoint at a Florida airport. The police statement conflicts with a statement from the TSA, which said she presented a valid boarding pass.

Orlando television station WESH reported Monday that the central Florida teen, who has autism, went missing last week. The report said the teen told detectives she took a bus from the northwest suburb of Apopka last Friday to Orlando International Airport, where she found a drink coupon on the floor and used it to get through the TSA pre-check security checkpoint.

The Transportation Security Administration, however, said in a statement that the teen had a valid boarding pass.

“Under the age of 18, passengers are not required to present an ID. She was screened and therefore presented no threat to the aviation system,” the TSA statement said.

The girl was later found near a Southwest Airlines gate and reunited with her family.