San Jose International Airport is surrounded by fences. Some sections are not barbed and can be scaled. The boy also managed to slip past massive video surveillance, German shepherds and Segway-riding police officers.
Employees who monitor security video feeds never saw the boy enter the airport or walk up to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45.
The boy, who lives in Santa Clara, Calif., hopped out of the left rear wheel well of a Boeing 767 on the Maui airport tarmac Sunday, according to the FBI. Authorities found the high school student wandering the airport grounds with no identification. He was questioned by the FBI and taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was found to be unharmed.
FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the teen climbed into the left rear wheel well of the first plane he saw in San Jose.
He passed out in the air and didn’t regain consciousness until an hour after the plane landed in Hawaii, Simon said. When he came to, he climbed out of the wheel well and was immediately seen by airport personnel who escorted him inside where he was interviewed by the FBI, Simon said.
Authorities are now looking at their security system and why he was never seen.