Teen Stowaway Raises Security Questions

The boy's claim to have climbed into a plane's wheel well has airport officials deeply concerned.
3:00 | 04/22/14

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And now return to the latest on the teen-age boy who stowed away next to the wheel of a jumbo jet. A story raising questions about airport security. ABC's David Kerley with what he's learned tonight. Reporter: Tonight, new details about this 15-year-old stowaway -- a high school junior, who started at his northern California school this year. He was a shy guy. A quiet kid who, according to the FBI, ran away from home after a weekend fight with his family, and after scaling a fence, randomly chose a plane's wheel well, a hawaiian airlines 767. Did he even know he would be at 38,000 feet, with little oxygen and temperatures of at least 50 below, for the five-plus hour saved only by going into hibernation. The concern tonight, airport security. A camera caught the teen climbing into the wheel well, but they didn't know they had him on tape until hawaiien officials called them and asked them to look. We are looking at what we need to improve so that what happened on Sunday will not occur again. Reporter: We have seen perimeter braechs before. Take a look at this truck ramming a gate. A man chased by police. And even a pilot trying to drive a jet off the airport grounds. The country's 450 airports have to meet federal standards but local officials are responsible for securing the perimeter. Take San Jose. More than 1,000 acres are, patrols and cameras. Security is, quote, essential to deter these attempts. Do we need to do more around our airports? I think we need an assessment and I think each airport operator will be charged or should be charged with that responsibility. Reporter: Congressman is calling for an audit of every airport in this country. And a single source tells ABC news tonight that the boy was caught on cameras in San Jose about 1:00 A.M., seven hours before that flight took off. The boy is resting in an hawaiien hospital tonight.

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