I just had three stowaways on my flight this week. They were only discovered once the plane finally ran out of seats. But they at least did it the safe way.
Much like Helen Hayes endearing role in the movie Airport (not to be confused with the movie Airplane!)
But a man is in critical condition after stowing away in the wheel well of an airplane for 8,000 miles.
A stowaway found Friday in the wheel well of a British Airways flight from Johannesburg remains hospitalized in critical condition after he survived 1o hours of freezing temperatures.
This case is being linked to a body found on the roof of a building in London.
Which leads me to wonder–are people aware of the risks of hiding in the wheel well and decide the risks are worth it to get where they are going, or is it a case of complete ignorance as to the temperatures and pressure levels once the flight reaches a cruising altitude?
The thing most of the recent ones have in common? They died when doing it.
As for the stowaways on the flight, they left willingly after a while and were taken to the gate agent. I don’t know what happened after that, but it’s possible they didn’t get in any trouble at all because they had tickets. Just for that evening. They just wanted to get there more quickly, so they self-stood by.
But going back to the wheel well stowaways–what do you think? Ignorance about the risks, or knowledgeable with the hope that they will be the exceptions?