Skip to comments."Exceptionally Lucky" 16-Year-Old Survives 5-Hour Flight in Jet's Wheel Well (San Jose to Maui)
Posted on 04/21/2014 10:16:19 AM PDT by nickcarraway
"Kid's lucky to be alive," FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press.
A 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii on Sunday, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said.
Not only was he unharmed, but officials also said he wasn't even dirty.
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A lot of people are, “lucky to be alive.” This kid is way beyond that.
“A Congressman who serves on the Homeland Security committee wondered how the teen could have snuck onto the airfield at San Jose unnoticed.”
San Jose is IN the San Francisco Bay Area!!
I guess if we want to avoid being groped by TSA we can just cut holes in the airport perimeter fence and jump in the wheel well.
Nice security there guys... /s
“... he wasn’t even dirty.”
Sounds like a well maintained hydraulics system to me.
Lucky? How is it even possible—if there’s little sealing of the wheel compartment from the outside? I wonder what the time-profile of temperature and pressure are in there.
I heard someone say it’s almost unimaginable her survived. But there is a video of him sneaking in. They say he was unconscious most of the flight.
That also described Biden on his trip to the Ukraine.
Just an ‘unticketed’ ‘immigrant’ trying to get somewhere for a better life. It would be an act of ‘love’ to let him stay or provide him with a First Class ticket home.
“They say he was unconscious most of the flight.”
Anybody crazy enough to do that wasn’t REALLY conscious BEFORE the flight!!!
Now here is a lad who has shown an aptitude for politics!
His being unconscious may have reduced his body’s oxygen requirements to the point that he could survive the flight. Amazing nonetheless.
I was wondering if something like that was possible.
He survived because he didn’t eat the airline food.
I blame Toy Story 2 for inspiring this...
Barbara Walters says that currently the boy is feeling, “wheel well.”
This kid is beyond lucky.
I have always believed, when it is your time, it’s your time. And conversely, when it’s not, it’s not, regardless of what may befall, including your own stupidity.
I don’t know if that is true or not, but it is a simple explanation for why I am still alive.
Hell, he should have just gone to the local police, told them he was homeless and wanted to go in Hawaii. Once upon a time, “progressive” localities like San Jose were giving the homeless one-way tickets to Hawaii, where they can receive about $700 a month in benefits and were allowed (at one time) to live on the beach. Give your problem to someone else.
If that program is still around, the kid could have flown in the cabin and (perhaps) convince the gate agent to upgrade him to first class.
Just did some checking...looks like Hawaii has now implemented that program in reverse; last year, they were offering one-way tickets off the islands for homeless who were living there. By some estimates there are at least 17,000 homeless in the islands, which must be a real plus for the tourism industry.
Is the airline going to bill him for the flight? That is the one question none of the coverage appears to answer.
Seriously he's lucky.
Can he still get frequent flier mileage for this trip?
It just came out the kid said he wanted to see his mother in Somalia.
Yes but (as Todd Schnidt said today) Geography is not his (the teen) strong suit. He snuck on a plane that said Hawaii on it.
LOL, but seriously, he should take up training for marathons, triathlons, ultra-marathons, etc...Surviving 5 hours at that height indicates an amazing ability to metabolize oxygen!