Miracle stowaway survives five hour jet flight hidden in wheel well
Published on Apr 22, 2014
Airport authorities in the US are trying to work out how a 16 year-old boy survived a five hour flight hidden in the wheel well of a jet liner.
During the journey from San Jose airport in California to Maui in Hawaii, the plane climbed to 12,000 meters.
The 16-year-old who was picked up by police after being spotted by ground crew, apparently lost consciousness due to a lack of oxygen and temperatures in the compartment dropping to minus 62 degrees Celsius.
But how did he get onto the plane in the first place?
Spokesperson for Mineta San Jose International airport, Rosemary Barnes gave her theory:
“No system is 100 percent secure and it is possible to scale a perimeter fence line, especially under cover of darkness and remain undetected and it appears that is what this teenager did.”
Lucky to be alive, the stowaway arrived in Hawaii with nothing but a hair comb. When questioned he told FBI officials he had run away from home.
The authorities are reviewing whether to file criminal charges against the boy.
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Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.,said on Twitter that the incident “demonstrates vulnerabilities that need to be addressed.”
Actually Mr Swalwell of California, it reflects on the government’s inept and overreaching attempts at ensuring security.
While the TSA focuses on tormenting and harassing the elderly the handicapped and toddlers; the real security threats are left unattended.
Inept , inexperienced and unqualified agents are entrusted with the safety of passengers who are groped and fondled in the name of National security.
Isn’t it about time the government left that job to the airports and the private security firms who know what they are doing and have never had to molest a passenger to do it ?
But the TSA was never really about security was it? It was rather a weapon of indoctrination to ensure the slow but steady subjugation of a people. It was more about familiarizing the American People with the violatuion of their freedom and personal space. As well as the knowledge of helplessness against said violations. All in the name of National Security , of course.
Wasn’t it ?
Had it been otherwise. Had the desire to provide security been real. The bungling, ineptitude and depraved abuse of power that has been witnessed would not have been tolerated. This has all been a sham to train the people to knuckle under and be humiliated. As much as it has been about making millions for Chertoff and his scanners …..all strategically placed in airports …..for our own good of course.
Never allowing a good crisis to go to waste……..
Isn’t that right?
Teen Stowaway Walked Right Through San Jose Airport Security Gap
Surveillance video at two airports shows how a 16-year-old boy managed to stow away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii — He simply climbed a fence without anyone stopping him, authorities told NBC News on Monday.
The boy from Santa Clara, Calif., who is believed to have run away after an argument with his father, first hopped a fence Sunday at about 1 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET) near a fuel farm at Mineta San Jose International Airport, officials said.
About 12 minutes later, video shows him climbing into the wheel well of Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45, which was parked between gates two and three. He apparently chose the plane at random, authorities said.
The jet plane landed at Kahului Airport at 10:30 a.m. local (4:30 p.m. ET) Sunday.
About 45 minutes later, the boy can be seen on video at that airport climbing out of the left main landing gear wheel — disoriented but in good condition, despite having been unconscious with little oxygen for most of the 5½-hour flight. Airline personnel immediately noticed him on the tarmac and called authorities.
While the fact that the boy beat the odds of survival is good news, the episode raises troubling questions about security at airports.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., a member of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, said on Twitter that the incident “demonstrates vulnerabilities that need to be addressed.”