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. [...]
1. First of all, don’t even think about getting on an airplane! What is wrong with you? What are you, some kind of daredevil??
2. When you must buy plane tickets because someone you love is having some bullshit wedding, think carefully about your seat choice. You might think you want to be near an emergency exit so that you can get on the chute first. But what if the emergency exit door blows off mid-flight? You’d be the first to get sucked out. Don’t say, “I’ll bring a parachute!” You can’t—some people have asked about that, and it’s not allowed. You also don’t want to be too near the [...]