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Wednesday
Oct192011

Autistic Teen, Cameron James Smith, Missing from Burbank Airport

Burbank Police Dept.(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Authorities in Southern California are searching for a 14-year-old autistic boy who wandered out of Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif.

The boy, Cameron James Smith, was flying as an unaccompanied minor on a Delta flight.

Cameron’s parents brought him to the airport and made sure he boarded the plane, according to local news reports. The jet pulled from the gate, but then had to return because of a mechanical problem. All of the passengers, including Cameron, got off the plane.

He was seen on airport surveillance video after deplaning. The boy wandered out of the airport and boarded an airport parking lot shuttle in front of the terminal. He got off that shuttle at a nearby intersection.

Police have been searching for Cameron since noon West Coast time.

Under Delta Airlines policy, 14-year-olds traveling alone are considered unaccompanied minors. Parents must pay $100 per flight when the children are traveling alone. That is supposed to ensure that airline personnel are escorting them wherever they go.

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