A teenage stowaway who hitched a ride from San Jose to Hawaii in the wheel well of a jet says he knew exactly what he was doing when he hopped a fence at the airport.
Passengers and employees in Terminal B at Mineta San Jose International Airport were briefly evacuated Wednesday morning due to a fire alarm that sounded with no fire present, an airport spokeswoman said.
The family of the 15 year old who breached security at Mineta San Jose International Airport and stowed away in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jet says he’s run away before, and was not trying to get to Africa, or see his birth mother, despite international reports.
Long flights can leave anyone a little unsteady, but a teenager who defied the odds, surviving a flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner’s wheel well, was disoriented, thirsty and could barely walk after the freezing, low-pressure ordeal, airport officials who reviewed video of his arrival said Wednesday.
San Jose’s Mineta Airport has hundreds of security cameras, but they were unable to deter a teenage boy that snuck onto a secure area hours before stowing away in the wheel well of a plane bound for Hawaii.
A Santa Clara teenager remained in custody Tuesday, two days after apparently surviving a five hour flight across the Pacific Ocean tucked inside the plane’s wheel well.
A 16 year old boy is alive after he apparently breached a perimeter at Mineta San Jose International Airport, climbed into the rear landing gear of a Hawaiian Airlines 767 bound for Maui, and then was spotted on the tarmac at his destination after a 5 hour flight.
Southwest Airlines began expanded service on from Mineta San José International Airport on Tuesday adding one daily nonstop flight to Denver, San Diego, Seattle and Orange County due to an increasing demand that’s led SJC to become one of the fastest growing hubs in the U.S.
With Christmas just a couple of days away, holiday travel was in full swing at Bay Area airports.
Winter weather on the East Coast was causing flight cancellations at Bay Area airports Tuesday.