The Boy In The Well

A 16-year-old boy who stowed away on a flight from San Jose to Maui has been referred to child protective services, which will do what it can to understand why he ran away not just from his family but to an airport, into the belly of an aircraft, across the Pacific ocean, and into the curiously long ledger of boys who climbed into the wheel wells of planes.

The wheel well is not a place for daredevils; nobody rides for fun. It's usually understood by its inhabitants as a means to an end: It's a free flight, a passage over a border, or an escape from troubles. [...]