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Monday, April 21, 2014

Bay Area Teen Flies to Hawaii in Wheel Well

Posted By on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 9:59 AM

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  • Boy runs away -- to Hawaii

Another Bay Area resident who's desperate to get to Hawaii actually made it to the Aloha State by stowing away in the wheel well of the plane.

We read the incredible news on KGO this morning, which details how the 16-year-old boy dodged security at San Jose's Mineta Airport and hopped a ride to Hawaii without being noticed. Of course, people took note of his presence once the jet landed on the tarmac in Maui.

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Specifically, he was spotted walking on the tarmac at Maui Airport around 11:30 a.m. and authorities approached him, curious about what he was doing. Naturally, the teenager wasn't all that cooperative, especially since he had reportedly run away from home after getting into a fight with his parents.

The boy is being checked out my medical staff who are kinda surprised the teen survived the 5-hour flight at all. The wheel well isn't pressurized, meaning he definitely wasn't comfortable nor did he get to enjoy in-flight entertainment.

Here's what former SFO Airport Spokesman Mike McCarron tells KGO about the incident:

There's hardly any air to breathe at 38,000 feet, that's higher than Mount Everest. People who climb Everest use oxygen tanks because they can't move without them. The second thing is the air temperature: the nose wheel well, the wing wheel wells, aren't pressurized so the outside air temperature is a factor and that might have been well below negative 40, maybe (negative) 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Doctors are saying it's near impossible for someone to survive a plane ride in that state, leading some to believe there might be more to this story.

If that's the case, stay tuned.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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