Airport official: Teen stowaway didn’t know he was in Maui | NevadaAppeal.com

Airport official: Teen stowaway didn’t know he was in Maui

Martha Mendoza and Oskar Garcia
The Associated Press
CORRECTS AGE OF BOY TO 15 INSTEAD OF 16 - A plane takes off at Mineta San Jose International Airport, Monday, April 21, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. A 15-year-old boy scrambled over a fence at the airport, crossed a tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii, Sunday. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the teen did not remember the flight from San Jose. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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HONOLULU — The head of Maui’s main airport says a 15-year-old stowaway aboard a flight from San Jose had no clue he was in Maui after jumping from a jetliner’s wheel well to the tarmac.

Maui District Airport Manager Marvin Moniz told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the boy was disoriented and weak when he got off the Boeing 767, and he was questioned for about 30 minutes by FBI and Transportation Security Administration officials.

Moniz says the boy wobbled as he walked and was soft-spoken, not saying much other than his journey started with an argument at home.

Moniz says when asked whether his mom and dad knew he ran away, the boy said he had a stepmom and had not seen his biological mother since he was 2.