Apr 22, 2014 6:00 PM by Akeam Ashford

Lafayette Airport Officials Explain Security Measures To Keep Passengers Safe

After a California boy hitched a ride in a wheel well of a Boeing 767, airports around the country have security concerns of whether this could happen at local regional airports.

According to authorities, the 16 year old boy avoided airport security, got on the airplane and flew from San Jose California to Hawaii.

At 30,000 feet in the air, authorities say the boy passed out and regained consciousness once the plane landed.

San Jose authorities say they will not press charges.

According to Lafayette Regional Airport Director of Aviation, Greg Roberts, before a plane takes off, the pilot conducts a pre-flight walk around inspection of the plane.

Depending on the size of the aircraft, Roberts said it's quite possible a pilot could've missed the boy.

"It's a real miracle that this individual survived in those extremes. It's also remarkable he didn't just fall out of the aircraft when the gear came down," Roberts said.

The wheel well of a plane is where the landing gear stores during flight.

In the San Jose incident, the plan had a large wheel compartment.

Roberts said the passengers in Lafayette fly on much smaller commercial jets.

On the smaller planes, there's no extra space in the wheel well.

"The wheel wells on the aircrafts that fly out of Lafayette couldn't hold a human being; They are very small. I would doubt that anybody could get up in those wheel wells, and let alone survive," Roberts said.

The tarmac at Lafayette airport is considered a highly sensitive area with countless cameras monitoring the entire property.

"The possibility of this happening at Lafayette is small for the commercial service aircrafts here," Roberts said.



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