Catch Him If You Can

Phony Teen Tycoon Tricks Airlines

Leonardo DiCaprio, are you looking for a new summer film project—a sequel, perhaps? An autistic teenager managed to fake his way into meetings with air industry bosses after pretending that he had a private fleet offering low-rate flights. Using the pseudonym Adam Tait and a convincing smattering of air industry jargon, fake e-mail addresses for nonexistent staffers, and the requisite charm, the boy kept up the ruse for six months before being exposed by an industry magazine, Airliner World. “He has been passionate about aeroplanes for about two years and his whole bedroom is plastered with them,” the unidentified boy's father told The Times of London.