The Somalian stowaway teen who survived a flight to Hawaii had jumped the fence and hid at the San Jose airport for six hours. His father thanks Allah for saving his son.
Well, this is comforting.
The kid hid at the airport for six hours.
The 15-year-old boy sneaked into the wheel well of a Boeing 767 and flew from San Jose, California, to Maui, Hawaii.
“He was really soft-spoken and appeared to be tired. His answers were a little slow initially coming out,” Maui District Airport Manager Marvin Moniz told CNN affiliate KGO…
…His father and stepmother live in Santa Clara, where neighbors say family members kept to themselves after moving in a few months ago.
“When I watched the analysis about the extraordinary and dangerous trip of my son on local TVs and that Allah had saved him, I thanked God and I was very happy,” the teen’s father told Voice of America’s Somali service on Wednesday.
He described his son as a “really cool boy,” a “very quiet person, always busy with watching the TV and using computer.”
When asked what might have motivated the teen’s trip, the father told VOA his son had been struggling in school.
“He did not receive education when he was in Africa. Since we came here, he had learning challenges at school. He was not good at math and science, and I think he had a lot of education problems bothering him,” the father said.
“He was always talking about going back to Africa, where his grandparents still live,” he told VOA. “We want to go back, but due to the current living conditions, we can’t go back.”
The boy is said to have hopped a fence at San Jose International Airport shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday, the dark of night cloaking his intentions.
But the teen, who has not been publicly named, didn’t just breach the fence — he stayed on the grounds for six hours without getting caught, a government official said.
It’s nice to know any young Muslim teen can go hide at an airport in America today for six hours without being detected.