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Australian 12-Year-Old Boy Travels To Bali Alone After Holiday Row
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Australian 12-Year-Old Boy Travels To Bali Alone After Holiday Row

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The Australian police said that they will review how a 12-year-old boy managed to travel to Bali alone after having a row with his parents, using their credit card.

The Sydney boy went online to book accommodation and flights after his parent's decision to cancel their holiday to the Indonesian island, the family reported to the local Nine Network.

Taking just his school ID and passport, the boy flew to Bali via Perth.

Authorities in Australia remarked that the boy was discovered in Bali on March 17th.

The Federal Police in Australia made the confirmation that the boy had been reported absent nine days prior after leaving his home and not turning up at his school. They were not certain about how many days the boy occupied Bali.

In Sydney a self-service check-in terminal was used to board a Perth flight and then a connection to Bali, reported the Nine Network.

Identified only be a pseudonym, the boy stated that he'd been questioned once by Perth airline officials.

On the A Current Affair programme, he said, "They just asked for my student ID and passport to prove that I am over 12 and that I am in secondary school,"

"It was great because I wanted to go on an adventure."

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The boy said that he'd checked into the room of his hotel in Bali by saying to staff that he was anticipating his sister's arrival.

The police in Australia became alerted to the boy's occupation of Bali on March 17th. After reuniting with his parents, he was taken into protective custody before being reunited with parents.

The mother of the boy said to the programme that she'd been left "shocked", stating to the programme that "There is no emotion to feel what we felt when we found he left overseas."

To ensure that similar incidents did not occur once again, police stated that they'd review case circumstances to ensure that incidents of a similar nature did not occur again.

A spokesperson that "A travel alert to prevent international travel was not placed on th[e] boy,"

Every airline has a procedure that enables minors to travel by themselves, though these requirements show variation between carriers, aviation operations expert, Dr Chrystal Zhang, from Swinburne University, stated.

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