Stowaway Flies to Hawaii in Jet Wheel Well

An unnamed 16-year-old boy managed to sneak into Mineta San Jose International Airport in California and get into the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jet. He was later found on the tarmac at Kahului Airport in Maui. The teenager survived the flight at 38,000 feet, enduring frigid temperatures, low pressure, and little oxygen. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the agency questioned the boy when he was found wandering the tarmac with no identification.   

“Kid's lucky to be alive,” Simon said.

Simon said security footage from the San Jose airport verified that the boy from Santa Clara, Calif., hopped a fence to get to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 on Sunday morning. The child had run away from his family after an argument, Simon said. Simon said when the flight landed in Maui, the boy hopped down from the wheel well and started wandering around the airport grounds.

“He was unconscious for the lion's share of the flight,” Simon said. The flight lasted about 5 1/2 hours.

Okay, that’s the way to get into an airport without going through security theater -just go over the fence. The teenager was medically screened and found to be okay, and referred to child protective services. His flight home will be taken inside the plane. -via Digg

(Image credit: Hawaiian Airlines)

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