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"Exceptionally Lucky" 16-Year-Old Survives 5-Hour Flight in Jet's Wheel Well (San Jose to Maui)
NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Apr 21, 2014 | OSKAR GARCIA

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcbayarea.com ...


TOPICS: Local News; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: airplane; maui; plane; sanjose; securityfailure; somalia; stowaway; tsafailure

1 posted on 04/21/2014 10:16:19 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

A lot of people are, “lucky to be alive.” This kid is way beyond that.


2 posted on 04/21/2014 10:19:30 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

“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!!


3 posted on 04/21/2014 10:22:05 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: MeshugeMikey

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


4 posted on 04/21/2014 10:23:39 AM PDT by Cacique500
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To: nickcarraway

“... he wasn’t even dirty.”

Sounds like a well maintained hydraulics system to me.


5 posted on 04/21/2014 10:23:58 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: nickcarraway

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.


6 posted on 04/21/2014 10:24:35 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

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.


7 posted on 04/21/2014 10:26:04 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
They say he was unconscious most of the flight.

That also described Biden on his trip to the Ukraine.

8 posted on 04/21/2014 10:28:06 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: nickcarraway

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.


9 posted on 04/21/2014 10:28:06 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: nickcarraway

“They say he was unconscious most of the flight.”
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Anybody crazy enough to do that wasn’t REALLY conscious BEFORE the flight!!!


10 posted on 04/21/2014 10:28:12 AM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: nickcarraway
They say he was unconscious most of the flight.

Now here is a lad who has shown an aptitude for politics!

11 posted on 04/21/2014 10:29:00 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: nickcarraway

His being unconscious may have reduced his body’s oxygen requirements to the point that he could survive the flight. Amazing nonetheless.


12 posted on 04/21/2014 10:29:47 AM PDT by Bob
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To: nickcarraway
I'm glad to know that all the increased security is paying off. I was beginning to think getting groped by the TSA was just abuse...
13 posted on 04/21/2014 10:30:30 AM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: nickcarraway
I flew coach from Boston to Newark a few weeks ago.I'm convinced that *I'm* lucky to be alive.
14 posted on 04/21/2014 10:31:19 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Bob

I was wondering if something like that was possible.


15 posted on 04/21/2014 10:37:50 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

He survived because he didn’t eat the airline food.


16 posted on 04/21/2014 10:38:57 AM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: nickcarraway

I blame Toy Story 2 for inspiring this...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxUhoqpPJ3I


17 posted on 04/21/2014 10:39:22 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: SkyDancer

Barbara Walters says that currently the boy is feeling, “wheel well.”


18 posted on 04/21/2014 10:40:48 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

LOL’s


19 posted on 04/21/2014 10:52:14 AM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: Don Corleone

Funny.


20 posted on 04/21/2014 10:56:16 AM PDT by BigIsleGal (Wake Me Up When the Stupid Wears Off)
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To: Cacique500
DO you suppose they might well have been....hey were Predisposed,?.....


21 posted on 04/21/2014 10:56:28 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: nickcarraway
People who have tried this before either get squished, drop out of the sky when the gear is lowered or end up as a blue Popsicle.

This kid is beyond lucky.

22 posted on 04/21/2014 11:08:30 AM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: nickcarraway

LOL


23 posted on 04/21/2014 11:10:39 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: nickcarraway

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.


24 posted on 04/21/2014 11:16:54 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: Free Vulcan

I don’t know if that is true or not, but it is a simple explanation for why I am still alive.


25 posted on 04/21/2014 11:40:49 AM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Kartographer

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.


26 posted on 04/21/2014 11:42:58 AM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: ExNewsExSpook

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.


27 posted on 04/21/2014 11:46:35 AM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: nickcarraway

Thread Winner.


28 posted on 04/21/2014 11:48:26 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: nickcarraway

Is the airline going to bill him for the flight? That is the one question none of the coverage appears to answer.


29 posted on 04/21/2014 12:04:38 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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A child of Obama looking for Obama's birthplace?

Seriously he's lucky.

30 posted on 04/21/2014 12:05:42 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Buckeye McFrog; Revolting cat!

Can he still get frequent flier mileage for this trip?


31 posted on 04/21/2014 2:54:23 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: ExCTCitizen

It just came out the kid said he wanted to see his mother in Somalia.


32 posted on 04/23/2014 4:04:31 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: PghBaldy

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.


33 posted on 04/23/2014 6:51:08 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Mastador1

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!


34 posted on 04/23/2014 8:47:10 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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