Teen Stowaway Caught on Camera Climbing Wheel Well

The 15-year-old’s apparent survival in a plane’s wheel well raises questions about airport security.
2:19 | 04/23/14

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We have new information on the teen that stowed away in the wheel well of a jumbo jet. Survived a five-hour flight to Hawaii in temperatures way below freezing. Jim Avila here. Reporter: Still trying to figure this one out. But this morning, more answers in the stowaway's motivation and the security concerns he's caused. This morning, we're learning new details about that 15-year-old stowaway. The son of a cab driver and a junior at Santa Clara high school, where he reportedly moved just this year. He was kind of shy. He didn't really speak that much. But we were all surprised by what happened. Didn't really think it was him. Reporter: A quiet kid, who told authorities he left home after a fight with his father and stepmother. We now know he ran away to the San Jose airport and scaled a fence around 1:00 Sunday morning. Hiding in that hawaiian airlines 757 wheel well for nearly seven hours before it took off at 7:55 in the morning. His actionsaught on tape. Yet, undetected by security. I say why that airplane, in particular? It was the closest one. Reporter: Once in maui, officials say airport surveillance video captured the boy crawling out of the wheel well. He had a gray hooded sweatshirt, a black canvas type of jeans pants. Reporter: Experts believe the boy survived the flight with little oxygen and temperatures of 50 below, by going into some hibernation. He appeared to be very tired. Slightly disoriented. Reporter: The big concern this morning, airport security. A camera did catch the teen climbing into the wheel well. But no one knew until hawaiian officials called the San Jose airport and asked them to look at it. We're looking at what we need to do to improve so that the situation that happened on Sunday does not occur again. Reporter: We've seen perimeter security breaches before. Take a look at this jeep driving down philly's runway. Or this truck ramming the gate. A man running on the tarmac, chased by police. And even a pilot, trying to drive this jet off the airport grounds. The country's 450 airports have to meet federal standards. But the local officials are responsible for securing the perimeter. That, of course, is what we're looking at now. It's so hard. He got away with this and survived. Now, to a new twist in the

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