"He was unconscious for the lion's share of the flight," FBI spokesman Tom Simon told the local media, after the boy was found once the plane landed in Hawaii last Sunday night. "Kid's lucky to be alive."
Simon said security footage from California's San Jose airport confirmed that the Santa Clara, Calif., teen climbed a fence to get to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 Sunday morning.
When the Boeing 767 landed in Maui, some five hours later, the boy hopped down from the wheel well and began wandering the runway. Airline personnel noticed the boy and notified airport security.
The FBI questioned the boy, who had no identification. He was medically screened, found to be unharmed and was seen sitting upright on a stretcher as he was being taken to a hospital. Authorities said the boy was released to child protective services and was not charged with a crime.
"Our primary concern now is for the well-being of the boy, who is exceptionally lucky to have survived," airline spokesperson Allison Croyle said.
This isn't the first time that someone has taken an unauthorized flight in the wheel well of a plane. According to AP, in August a 13- or 14-year-old boy in Nigeria stowed away in a wheel well of a domestic flight and survived a 35-minute trip. Others have not been so lucky. In 2010 a 16-year-old died after stowing away in a flight from Charlotte, N.C., to Boston. And in 2012 a man died after he slipped from the wheel well and fell onto a suburban London street as a flight from Angola began its descent.
From the company's site:
We have seen comments about goofballs wanting to snort it. Don't do it! It is not a responsible or smart way to use the product. To take precautions against this action, we've added volume to the powder so it would take more than a half of a cup of powder to get the equivalent of one drink up your nose. You would feel a lot of pain for very little gain. Just use it the right way.
But the company, which also says its product can be sprinkled on food (vodka eggs, rum beef burger, gin BLT anyone?), insists that, when used as directed, Palcohol has as much alcohol as a regular mix drink.
But powered alcohol just because it is, well, powered alcohol begs not to be used as directed by every idiot and dumb teenager looking for a new way to get high.
Way to go Federal Government!!!