Orlando teen girl with autism who considered missing found at International Airport when she tried to pass TSA with airline drink coupon
Police say, 15-year-old teenager from Apopka reported missing since Friday was found at the Orlando International Airport. She was discovered by an airline employee wandering around Southwest Airlines Gate 128, according to an Orlando Police Department report.
Sade Subbs, a girl who has autism, is said to pass Transportation Security Administration using a Southwest Airline drink coupon. When an airline employee asked her if she needed help finding her gate, Subbs handed her the coupon, which belonged to the passenger already boarded an earlier flight. One report stated that Subbs was observed on camera passing through TSA PreCheck, getting screened at 1:32 p.m. on Friday.
The Orlando Police officer responded to call immediately recognized her as a missing person.
“Subbs stated she found the drink coupon on the floor, utilizing it, as she passed through TSA PreCheck," police said.
“No boarding pass at all,” said Gerald Subbs.
Subbs took several buses to get to the airport from Apopka. She said she just wanted to go on an airplane.
“She said she wanted to go to Asia to see the Chinese blossoms or something,” Subbs said.
"The individual presented a valid and current 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 responded. "This is an example of where many layers of security worked. Although she presented someone else's boarding pass, she was screened and the TSA screening procedures did assure that she posed no threat to aviation."
Subbs said he had a long talk with his daughter and explained that what she did was wrong. While he still has lots of questions, he is thankful that he got his daughter back safe.
"She could have gotten on an airplane. It could have been a lot worse,” Subbs said.