There may be certain instances where it's worth the risk of dying to hitch a ride in the wheel well of a passenger jet — say, gunmen are after you — but taking a pleasure trip to Hawaii doesn't make the list. On Sunday, an unidentified 16-year-old jumped a fence at California's San Jose Mineta International Airport, climbed up the wheel well of a departing Hawaiian Airlines flight, and miraculously jumped out after the plane landed in Maui five and a half hours later. Maui airport officials spotted him and informed the FBI.
"How he survived I don't know," said the FBI's Honolulu spokesman Tom Simon. "It's a miracle." The boy, a runaway from Santa Clara, survived temperatures of minus 80 degrees and an oxygen-starved altitude of 38,000 feet. "I imagine he must have blacked out at about 10,000 feet," Simon added. "The air is pretty thin up there."
The teenager was turned over to the Hawaiian child welfare department, but not charged with any crimes. "Our primary concern now is the well-being of the boy, who is exceptionally lucky to have survived," said Hawaiian Airlines spokeswoman Alison Croyle. The FAA says that wheel-well stowaways are aided a bit by residual heat from hydraulic lines and wheels, but that the main mechanism for survival is your body shutting down as the plane gradually ascends and descends.
Still, people can and do die from riding in wheel wells. It seems a better idea to mow lawns or babysit until you have plane fare, right? Peter Weber
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was none too thrilled Saturday with the protesters who blocked his way into California's Republican convention the day before:
The "protesters" in California were thugs and criminals. Many are professionals. They should be dealt with strongly by law enforcement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2016
Leave it to Trump to make an off-color joke about the incident once he made it inside the hotel Friday.
Jimmy Fallon has been singing bits and pieces of Styx's "Too Much Time on My Hands" on The Tonight Show for days. On Friday, he and actor Paul Rudd took the obsession to its natural conclusion, creating a shot-by-shot remake of the '80s music video. The end result is sufficiently goofy. Take a look below. Julie Kliegman
Hundreds of activists stormed Iraq's parliament building Saturday in support of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who had accused Iraqi politicians of corruption, CBS News reports.
The demonstrators climbed over blast walls in Baghdad's Green Zone, which houses most of the country's ministries and foreign embassies, after parliament couldn't reach quorum to hold a session. The protesters broke furniture, chanted, and waved Iraqi flags.
San Francisco Police Chief Gregory Suhr released nine pages of racist and homophobic text messages sent between officers Friday and ordered all officers to undergo anti-bias training, The New York Times reports.
"We have nothing to hide," Suhr said of his 2,000-member force. "These are the actions of a few."
The messages, which disparaged blacks, Latinos, South Asians, and LGBT people, were found as part of an investigation into a rape charge against one of the officers.
The head of an evangelical legal organization has pledged to carry a gun into Target's bathrooms to defend against transgender women. Liberty Counsel President Anita Staver is calling for a boycott of the retail chain after it announced that it will allow patrons to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity, The Huffington Post reports. Staver tweeted the following:
— Anita Staver (@AnitaStaver) April 22, 2016
Staver later claimed she always brings guns into public restrooms.
A Copycat Art Scratcher (approximately $190) is expensive as scratching posts go, but buying one a month is "a lot cheaper than your cat destroying an actual priceless piece of artwork," says Andrew Liszewski at Gizmodo. Dutch designer Erik Stehmann had lost only an embroidered painting to his pets' claws when he decided he might be able to rechannel their artistic interests and did so by reproducing famous paintings on embroidered twine. A replica of the Mona Lisa will be the first scratchboard offered when the product begins shipping in May. Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring will soon follow.