13-Year-Old Autistic Boy Flies Cross Country

April 30, 2009 1:18:57 PM PDT
The parents of a 13-year-old Florida boy are stunned; he went unnoticed when he got on a plane to California.

Kenton weaver took his father's car Tuesday, drove 30 miles to the Fort Lauderdale airport and caught a flight to San Jose, to visit his mom in Oakhurst.

"I got in, input the key in the ignition, started it up, put it in reverse and backed it up. And it drives automatically at 10 miles per hour." said 13-year-old Kenton weaver.

The boy was found at a ticket counter at the San Jose airport and taken to an uncle's house. No word yet on whether the boy will return to Florida. His parents said the teen has a form of autism and is fascinated with planes.

His mother, Kim Casey said: "I wasn't shocked that Kenton was able to manage this. He is just a different type of child."

Kenton used one of his father's credit cards to buy the ticket, but had no I.D. on him. He used a report card as a form of I.D.

Airport and transportation officials said anyone under 18 only needs a boarding pass to get on a plane.

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