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  • Stowaway Survives 10-Hour Flight, as Another Body Crashes From 1,000 Feet

    06/19/2015 11:52:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    The body of a suspected stowaway was found atop an office building in West London on Thursday, and is believed to have plunged around 1,400ft from a Boeing 747 as it approached Heathrow Airport. Meanwhile, another man is in critical condition in hospital after being discovered an hour earlier in the undercarriage of the aircraft — British police are investigating both incidents. The survivor is believed to have climbed aboard the British Airways plane at OR Tambo International airport in Johannesburg before traveling over 8,000 miles from South Africa, largely in temperatures as low as -81 Fahrenheit on the 10-hour...
  • "Exceptionally Lucky" 16-Year-Old Survives 5-Hour Flight in Jet's Wheel Well (San Jose to Maui)

    04/21/2014 10:16:19 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Apr 21, 2014 | OSKAR GARCIA
    "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.
  • 16-year-old California runaway survives flight to Hawaii in plane's wheel well

    04/21/2014 2:29:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/21/2014
    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. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night that the boy was questioned by the FBI after being discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport 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,...
  • UPDATE: Victim says Vegas stowaway WAS driver of stolen truck

    10/08/2013 12:20:59 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 26 replies
    A 9-year-old boy believed to have stowed away on a flight to Las Vegas last week was the same kid that stole a cube truck in downtown Minneapolis and led police on a chase through the city just days before, according to one of the victims of the escapade.
  • Boy, 9, Sneaks Past Minneapolis Airport Security, Boards Flight to Las Vegas

    10/06/2013 10:45:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013 | Nina Golgowski
    The unidentified 9-year-old was able to get past airport security and screening agents before touching down in Nevada. His presence aroused flight attendants' suspicions and they alerted authorities, who took him into custody upon landing.A 9-year-old boy snuck past airport security and boarded a flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas without appearing to have ever held or shown a boarding pass according to an airport official. Despite several layers of security and fear of global threats to the nation's airports, the unaccompanied child "went through the entire security screening process" Thursday without a hitch, according to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport...
  • Police seek identity of man who fell from sky

    12/10/2012 11:07:31 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    Police seek identity of man who fell from sky LONDON — Police believe he was from Africa, probably from Angola, but they don't know his identity. The mystery began in September when residents of a suburban street in the Mortlake neighborhood of West London woke up on a quiet Sunday morning to find the crumpled body of a black man on the sidewalk of Portman Avenue, near a convenience store, an upscale lingerie shop and a storefront offering Chinese medical cures. Detectives believed at first the man was a murder victim and cordoned off the area. Within a day, however,...
  • Grand Jury indicts suspected LAX stowaway

    07/09/2011 10:31:02 AM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 5 replies
    Daily Breeze ^ | July 8, 2011 | Staff
    A federal grand jury Friday indicted a man suspected of stowing away on a flight from New York to Los Angeles and attempting to use false information to enter a secure airport area in Los Angeles to board another plane, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi, 24, faces two federal charges that could send him to prison for a up to 15 years. Noibi, who remains in federal custody in Los Angeles, is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on July 18 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Noibi is charged with stowing away on a...
  • Another tear in the airport security net (NYC to LA flight)

    07/01/2011 11:20:51 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 20 replies
    LATimes ^ | 7-1-11 | Andrew Blankstein and Howard Blume
    Federal authorities and Virgin America are trying to explain how Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi was able to get through layers of airport security — and then avoid arrest for five days after officials discovered he was a stowaway. Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi, 24, pictured above in a 2008 Chicago arrest report, allegedly flew from New York to Los Angeles on an expired boarding pass in someone else's name. His Chicago arrest came after he allegedly refused to pay a $4.70 fare on a Metra train. (Chicago Police Department / January 3, 2008) ~~~~ Virgin America Flight 415 from New York to Los...
  • Alleged airline stowaway denied bail after judge says he may be risk to flee

    07/01/2011 4:10:43 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 28 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | July 1, 2011 | Richard Winton
    A federal magistrate judge Friday denied bail to a 24-year-old year man accused of being a stowaway after he slipped through multiple layers of airport security and hopped a flight from New York to Los Angeles. Judge Michael Wilner said Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi appeared to be a flight risk after a prosecutor said he believed Noibi would return to Nigeria. The magistrate judge said he was also concerned about the defendant's identity and where he actually lived. Noibi faces up to five years in prison if convicted of the offense. Authorities say Noibi used an expired boarding pass that did...
  • Sneaky TSA jet stowaway (sneaks aboard for free flight)

    05/20/2011 6:38:11 AM PDT · by rawhide · 4 replies
    NY ^ | 5-20-11 | PHILIP MESSING
    <p>A Dominican Republic-bound JetBlue flight made a U-turn and headed back to Kennedy Airport after the pilot discovered a scamming TSA screener had sneaked aboard, The Post has learned.</p> <p>The bizarre incident last Saturday inconvenienced 150 legit passengers and wasted tens of thousands of dollars' worth of fuel.</p>
  • Airport breaches rile Massachusetts congressman

    03/22/2011 8:51:46 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 9 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | March 22, 2011 | Steve Lyttle
    A Massachusetts congressman who has been critical of security operations at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport says he will ask a House subcommittee to study two recent cases in which the security fence at the airport has been breached. Rep. William Keating, a Democrat from the Boston area, will raise the issue with the Homeland Security Oversight Subcommittee, his office has confirmed. Keating is a member of that panel. Keating has accused the Transportation Security Administration, the Department of Homeland Security and Charlotte's airport operations of lax security, after 16-year-old Delvonte Tisdale apparently climbed into the wheel well of a Boeing 737...
  • AIRPLANE STOWAWAY Need for answers is urgent

    12/20/2010 8:49:31 AM PST · by outpostinmass2 · 23 replies
    THE DEATH of Delvonte Tisdale was haunting enough. Authorities believe the 16-year-old stowed away in the wheel well of a US Airways jet in Charlotte and then plummeted to the ground in Milton as the plane dropped its landing gear on approach to Logan Airport. But how he got on board raises fresh questions about airport security — or the continuing lack thereof. Tweet Be the first to Tweet this!0diggsdiggYahoo! Buzz ShareThis Last month, as public outrage was approaching the boiling point over the alleged indignity of full-body scanners and pat-downs, and just two weeks after package bombs nearly made...
  • Airport spokesman: Charlotte teen possibly fell from plane [TSA failed to catch stowaway?]

    11/23/2010 7:24:56 PM PST · by TaxRelief · 46 replies · 4+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Nov 23 2010 | Franco Ordoñez
    Police are investigating the possibility that Tisdale stowed away in a jet wheel well and fell to his death when the doors opened on the jet's approach to landing last week in Boston, according to an airport spokesman.
  • Cops investigating whether mutilated teen fell from plane

    11/23/2010 7:34:10 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | November 23, 2010 | Joe Dwinell
    Investigators trying to solve the mystery of how the mutilated body of a 16-year-old from North Carolina ended up dropped on a posh Milton lawn are asking Logan International Airport officials to probe if the boy stowed away on a jet. “We’ve been requested to look into the possibility of that,” Logan spokesman Phil Orlandella told the Herald this morning.
  • Man dies after fall from Miami-bound jet; it’s latest example of desperate stowaway

    02/19/2010 7:34:39 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies · 1,211+ views
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | February 19, 2010 | Ken Kaye
    About four times a year, somewhere in the world, someone sneaks into the wheel well of a parked jet and attempts to survive an incredibly dangerous ride, frequently to the United States. Usually, the stowaways die, as was the case on Thursday, when a man climbed into the wheel well of a Miami-bound cargo jet while it was on a ramp in Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic.

    02/09/2010 2:38:27 AM PST · by The Raven · 9 replies · 781+ views
    Allvoices ^ | Feb 9, 2010 | Wendy Case
    A Delta Airlines flight 59 from New York landed in Tokyo was undergoing maintenance when a body was found in the landing gear. The body of a man was discovered by a mechanic during a routine maintenance check. The Boeing 777-200 landing gear compartment only accessible just before take off. Japanese authorities suspect the man was a stowaway and looks to have died of hypothermia and frostbite. There didn't appear to be any other injuries to the body. Experts explain that during flight the landing gear and luggage compartments temperatures can fall to as low as minus 58 degrees on...
  • Body found in landing gear of NY-to-Tokyo flight (Stiffy Pop - Brrrr!)

    02/08/2010 7:53:20 AM PST · by Sax · 63 replies · 1,811+ views
    Yahoo - AP ^ | 2/8/10 | MARI YAMAGUCHI
    TOKYO – A body was found inside a wheel well of a Delta Air Lines plane after it landed in Tokyo from New York, and Japanese authorities Monday were trying to identify the man. The body of the apparent stowaway was clad only in a long-sleeved, plaid shirt and jeans, police at Narita International Airport said. A mechanic found the body lying inside the landing gear compartment of the Boeing 777-200 during maintenance after Delta Flight 59 landed Sunday night, police official Zenjiro Watanabe said. "All we know is that he must have sneaked in just before departure, because it...
  • Dead man found in landing gear of US jet in Japan

    02/07/2010 11:15:10 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 38 replies · 1,827+ views
    Dead man found in landing gear of US jet in Japan (AFP) – 2 hours ago TOKYO — Japanese authorities have found the body of a man in the landing gear of a Delta airliner that arrived in Tokyo from New York and said Monday they were seeking US help in identifying him. The man, who was of dark complexion and dressed only in blue jeans and a long-sleeved shirt, was carrying no passport or personal belongings.
  • Venomous redback spiders invading Japan

    11/25/2009 1:18:36 AM PST · by myknowledge · 37 replies · 2,299+ views
    Nine News ^ | November 25, 2009
    Venomous redback spiders are on the march in Japan, where they are believed to have arrived years ago as stowaways on cargo ships, a wildlife expert has warned. The creepy-crawlies, named after their fiery markings, have infested the Osaka region and are drawing closer to the capital Tokyo, said Japan Wildlife Research Centre official Toshio Kishimoto. A dozen people have reportedly been bitten in Osaka prefecture alone, media reports say, including a six-year-old boy who was treated with antivenom in June, the first time the medication had been used in the country. "Their poison is strong and they are particularly...
  • Cat Survives Trip From China to North Carolina in Cargo Crate

    05/12/2007 6:57:45 AM PDT · by stm · 63 replies · 1,506+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 12, 2007 | AP
    HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — China the cat got her name after being delivered in a crate holding motorcycle gear that a North Carolina man had ordered to be shipped from Shanghai. Eric Congdon opened the cargo freight that left port in China on April 3 and found the furry stowaway, which had chewed through one of the boxes. After at least 35 days on a ship, the cat was weak but still alive.
  • Man's Leg Falls Out Of Plane And Lands In N.Y. Backyard

    06/08/2005 6:57:06 AM PDT · by linkinpunk · 53 replies · 1,887+ views
    AP ^ | 6/8/05
    Man's Leg Falls Out Of Plane And Lands In N.Y. Backyard June 8, 2005 NEW YORK -- The body of an apparent stowaway was ripped in half during flight Tuesday and his leg crashed into a suburban neighborhood, where a homeowner found the severed limb in the middle of her lawn, authorities said. Pam Hearne heard "a loud crash" and later was stunned to see a foot clad in an Adidas sneaker and a sock in her yard, said Officer Thomas Blanchard. The leg, with hip and spine attached, dented the shingled roof of her garage before bouncing into the...
  • Body Part Falls From Wheel Well Of Plane, Lands In Yard

    06/07/2005 10:50:22 AM PDT · by Puppage · 57 replies · 2,390+ views
    WNBC Television ^ | 6/7/2005 | Puppage
    NEW YORK -- A body part apparently fell from the wheel well of a plane coming in for a landing on Tuesday at John F. Kennedy Airport and landed in a suburban backyard, authorities said. More remains were found on a South African Airways flight after it landed at Kennedy, said Tony Ciavolella, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Police suspect the remains were that of a male stowaway, the spokesman said. He would not confirm that the incidents at the airport and Long Island were related, saying, "It's still under investigation." Messages left...
  • Accidental Stowaway On Detroit-Bound Flight Prompts Security Concerns

    06/04/2005 4:29:09 PM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 5 replies · 426+ views
    NY1 ^ | June 4, 2003 | Unattributed
    A baggage handler who inadvertently hitched a ride on a flight out of LaGuardia Thursday has prompted questions about whether security is dozing off at area airports. The Transportation Security Administration says a Service Air baggage handler at LaGuardia fell asleep in an empty cargo bin on a Spirit Air plane before takeoff Thursday. Now police and the TSA want answers about how the stowaway made it all the way to Detroit without being detected. FAA policy requires every bin on planes to be checked before takeoff.
  • Smugglers Try to Hide Mexican Girl in a Piñata

    11/13/2004 3:24:27 PM PST · by Marine Inspector · 32 replies · 1,841+ views ^ | 11/13/2004 | AP
    SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Inspectors checking a car smuggler at the U.S. Mexican border found a girl hiding inside a piñata. They say they've seen all kinds of attempts to smuggle people into the country, but this was an odd case. Vince Bond of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection says officers at the Tecate Port of Entry found the girl when they removed several piñatas from the car and one seemed much heavier than the others. The girl -- who's about 4 or 5 years old -- was meticulously sealed inside but she was able to breathe. The girl's...
  • Man's Body Found In Wheel Well Of Miami-Detroit Jetliner

    10/22/2004 7:20:06 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 30 replies · 989+ views
    Local 6 - Florida ^ | October 22, 2004 | AP
    ROMULUS, Mich. -- A man's body was found early Friday in the wheel well of an American Airlines jet from Miami landing at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The body was found about 1 a.m. by an airport worker after passengers had disembarked. The man's identity and cause of death were not immediately known. A message left for an airport spokesman was not immediately returned Friday. People have attempted to stow away on flights in the wheel wells of airliners, a practice made particularly dangerous by severe temperature and pressure conditions.
  • Terrorists 'may try stowaway tactics'

    04/13/2004 9:14:24 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 139+ views
    Associated Press | April 14, 2004
    Terrorists may try using stowaways and shoulder-launched missiles to bring down airplanes, a senior Singapore official warned today. "Given the iconic status enjoyed by airports and airlines, it is paramount that all players in the global aviation industry continue to remain vigilant," the city-state's second minister for transport Balaji Sadasivan told an aviation security conference. Besides stowaways carrying explosives or weapons, or shoulder-fired missiles, Mr Sadasivan said terrorists could send a bomb by cargo. He called for increased co-operation between aviation authorities to combat such threats. Singapore, a staunch US ally, has placed air marshals on national carrier Singapore...
  • Dominican Took Stowaway Flight to Miami in Wheel Well of Jet

    03/05/2004 8:13:37 PM PST · by nuconvert · 1 replies · 208+ views
    AP ^ | Mar. 5, 2004
    Dominican Took Stowaway Flight to Miami in Wheel Well of Jet Mar 5, 2004 The Associated Press MIAMI (AP) - A stowaway from the Dominican Republic was discovered emerging from the wheel well of a commercial passenger jet Friday after it landed at Miami International Airport, officials said. The migrant, whose name was not released, was taken into custody by Customs and Border Protection for processing for repatriation, immigration officials said. He was not injured. A ramp employee notified customs workers after seeing the man climb out of the right wheel well of the American Airlines flight from Santo Domingo,...
  • Unusual stunt lands students in jail (Girl found in duffel bag on bus)

    03/03/2004 1:34:07 PM PST · by mhking · 20 replies · 623+ views
    News 14 Carolina ^ | 3.3.04 | Greg Pallone
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two Davidson College students were caught Sunday night trying to get a free bus ride from Charlotte to Vermont, police said. Daniel Schwartz, 20, and his girlfriend, 19-year-old Mary Sawyer, did not have the $240 needed for a second bus ticket from Charlotte to South Hero, Vt., where Schwartz’s parents live. So they improvised, police said, by squeezing Sawyer into an oversized athletic bag that Schwartz carried on. “It was a unique idea,” said Sgt. J.T. Williams of the North Carolina Highway Patrol. “A duffel bag is the only thing that I can really think they could...
  • Unhappy landings

    01/05/2004 7:49:33 PM PST · by Holly_P · 125+ views
    Savannah News ^ | January 5, 2004 | Editorial
    PRIOR TO Sept. 11, 2001, stories about stowaways holed up inside the landing gear compartments of jet airliners were good fodder for "That's Incredible" or "News of the Weird." But these days they don't raise eyebrows so much as furrow them. It's no longer about the incredible risks some people take, but rather the vulnerability of commercial aircraft to sabotage. Twice in less than a week in late December, police at New York's Kennedy International Airport discovered bodies in the wheel wells of arriving jets. One was a British Airways flight from London's Heathrow Airport, the other an American Airlines...
  • Unclear what killed airliner stowaway

    01/01/2004 11:45:17 AM PST · by Holly_P · 25 replies · 132+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | 01/01/04 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK — An autopsy performed on the body of a man found in the wheel well of a plane that landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport from London's Heathrow Airport was inconclusive, the medical examiner's office said Wednesday. The man, believed to be in his 30s, remained unidentified — no identification was found on his body. Port Authority police found the body on British Airways Flight 177 after the aircraft landed at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. John Lampl, a British Airways spokesman, said Wednesday that company officials...
  • Man's Body Found in Plane's Wheel Well (London to JFK)

    01/01/2004 12:18:54 AM PST · by Happy2BMe · 20 replies · 141+ views
    <p>NEW YORK  — The body of a man was found in the wheel well of a plane that landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport (search) from London's Heathrow Airport (search), authorities said.</p> <p>Port Authority police found the body of a man believed to be in his 30s on British Airways (search) Flight 177 after the plane landed at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.</p>
  • Second Dead Plane Stowaway Found in New York

    12/31/2003 1:23:57 PM PST · by Hal1950 · 41 replies · 259+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 31, 2003
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the second time in a week, an apparent stowaway was found dead in a wheel well of a passenger jet that landed at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, raising airport security concerns, officials said on Wednesday. The body of a man believed to be in his 30s was discovered on Tuesday night during a maintenance inspection of British Airways flight 177 from London's Heathrow Airport, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said. On Christmas Eve, JFK airport maintenance crews found the body of a stowaway in a...
  • Body found in British Air wheelwell at JFK

    12/31/2003 9:08:25 AM PST · by NativeNewYorker · 31 replies · 194+ views
    deutschepresse via bloomberg no url available | 12/31/3
    New York (dpa) - A man's body was discovered in the undercarriage of a British Airways plane after it landed in New York from London Wednesday. It is suspected that the man, a 30-year-old African, may have hidden himself in the undercarriage of the aircraft on Christmas Eve when the plane was in Lagos airport in Nigeria, television news channel CNN reported. According to U.S. security officials the man may have died on the flight to London. The first officer of the British aircraft found the body shortly after landing the Boeing 747 in Kennedy Airport. During a routine inspection...
  • "Stowaway" found dead on British Airlines Flight

    12/30/2003 7:31:52 PM PST · by nwctwx · 146 replies · 363+ views
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  • Man Found Dead in Wheel Well of Airplane (Jamaica to New York)

    12/25/2003 10:00:34 AM PST · by BagCamAddict · 51 replies · 420+ views
    ABC News website ^ | 12-25-03 | AP
    NEW YORK Dec. 25 — A man was found dead inside the wheel well of a passenger jet that arrived in New York on Christmas Eve from Jamaica, officials said. Maintenance crews discovered the body late Wednesday, several hours after American Airlines flight 1190 landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport, said Dan Maynard, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The flight had originated in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The man was about 25 years old but his identity had not been determined, Maynard said Thursday. It was not known whether the man boarded the...
  • The cargo stowaway is a liar, too. We must do something about air cargo to secure it.

    09/14/2003 2:08:24 PM PDT · by blakeb52 · 18 replies · 462+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003 | Dave Levinthal
    HEADLINE: Stowaway: 'This was my own plan'; Crate rider's statement to FBI contradicts his story to police, media SOURCE: Dallas Morning News BYLINE: DAVE LEVINTHAL BODY: The man who shipped himself from New York City to Dallas inside an air cargo crate repeatedly lied to police and media outlets about his bizarre journey during which he eluded security at five airports, according to documents obtained Friday. Charles D. McKinley originally told DeSoto police and media that he first flew Sept. 5 to Kentucky aboard a passenger airline and was duped by an accomplice into sealing himself in a crate. He...
  • Homesick man who flew as cargo recounts journey (big-time HMB alert)

    09/10/2003 8:24:01 AM PDT · by Moose4 · 31 replies · 228+ views ^ | 10 September 2003 | AP
    <p>DALLAS, Texas (AP) -- A homesick shipping clerk had himself shipped from New York to Dallas in an airline cargo crate, startling his parents -- and a deliveryman -- when he broke out of the box outside their home.</p> <p>Charles D. McKinley, 25, was arrested and jailed on unrelated bad-check and traffic charges after his overnight odyssey. Federal officials are considering additional charges of stowing away on a plane.</p>
  • Stowaway flier talks outside the box(Fedex Gump was in 42x36x15" crate for 2 days)

    09/09/2003 8:34:25 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 17 replies · 250+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 9/9/03 | DAVE LEVINTHAL and ROBERT THARP
    Charles D. McKinley said he never intended to fly from New York City to Dallas locked in a shipping crate just large enough to fit his 5-foot-8-inch frame. He only wanted a free ride. "I would never, never do it over again," he said Tuesday from a Dallas prisoner holding facility, where he was being held on unrelated charges. Dressed in a white prison jump suit, Mr. McKinley spoke about his experience. "I would advise no one to ever do this," he said. Law enforcement officials questioning him Monday and Tuesday labeled him a potential terrorist, he said. "I never...

    07/11/2003 7:54:32 AM PDT · by jern · 119 replies · 265+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | July 11, 2003 | Matt Drudge
    **EXCLUSIVE** Secret Service just arrested a stowaway who made it onto the Bush press charter plane in Pretoria, South Africa this morning and flew unmolested to here, Entebbe, Uganda. After getting on and off the 747 with absolutely no credentials, he boarded a bus with the rest of the White House press corps and was taken to the Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel on the shore of Lake Victoria -- the same hotel where Bush arrived 90 minutes later. At length, the White House staff noticed that no one seemed to know the guy, so they alerted Secret Service, who arrested...
  • Bush Press Plane Stowaway Raises Security Scare

    07/11/2003 9:42:53 AM PDT · by I_Publius · 10 replies · 222+ views
    Reuters World ^ | 7/11/2003 | Reuters
    Bush Press Plane Stowaway Raises Security Scare (2003-07-11) ENTEBBE (Reuters) - A stowaway flew from South Africa to Uganda on the press plane accompanying President Bush on his visit to Africa and entered the compound where Bush met Uganda's president, U.S. officials said. U.S. Secret Service agents conducted a security sweep on the plane after the unidentified stowaway was detained and removed from the compound on the shores of Lake Victoria where Bush met President Yoweri Museveni Friday. "He did not have a credential. He did not have a passport. He has nothing," said White House travel office official Curtis...
  • Cuban jet stowaway survives sub-zero temperatures in wheel well [Hold muh (frozen) beer alert]

    12/11/2002 5:50:50 PM PST · by fone · 25 replies · 801+ views
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 12/11/02 | Associated Press
    [Warning: Link may expire] Montreal - A Cuban man who hid in the wheel compartment of a DC-10 jet wrapped his shirt around heating pipes to survive temperatures of nearly 40 below zero and avoid falling out during the four-hour flight to Canada. "I consider myself very lucky to have survived. Thank God," the stowaway, in his 20s, said Monday night after his first appearance before the refugee panel. The man, who cannot be identified by name under a publication ban imposed by Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board, has been ordered held until a hearing Friday. Robert Gervais, a spokesman...

    11/14/2002 5:54:58 AM PST · by madfly · 29 replies · 334+ views (Bellevue, WA) ^ | Nov. 12, 2002 | Tom Wolfe
    On April 14, 2001, U.S. border officials detained John Allen Muhammad and two Jamaican women at Miami International Airport.The agents verified Muhammad's U.S. citizenship and permitted legal entry. The Jamaicans' documents were fraudulent, and they were immediately deported.That's the way it's supposed to happen.On Dec. 19, 2001, Bellingham police responded to a domestic dispute involving the same John Allen Muhammad and two other Jamaicans, Uma Sceon James and her son, John Lee Malvo. James told police that Muhammad was trying to manipulate her son. No crime was apparent, but when neither James nor Malvo could produce legal identification, Border...