A 26-year-old Guatemalan man survived a 2.5-hour flight stowed away in the main gear well of an American Airlines Boeing 737-800 and appeared none the worse for wear. The man was hauled out of the compartment by ground crews after the aircraft reached the gate in Miami after a flight from Guatemala City to Miami on Saturday. The airline said the aircraft “was met by law enforcement due to a security issue” after ramp workers hauled the man out of the belly of the plane. A video showed him sitting on the ramp appearing dazed but without any apparent injuries.

Authorities confirmed the basic details but offered little more. “U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Miami International Airport apprehended a 26-year-old man who attempted to evade detection in the landing gear compartment of an aircraft arriving from Guatemala Saturday morning,” the CBP said in a statement. “The individual was evaluated by emergency medical services and taken to a hospital for medical assessment. This incident remains under investigation.” Assuming he survives, he will be among only about 30 who have done so. On the relatively short flight from Central America, the plane spent about two hours at 35,000 feet. The temperature in the exposed gear well dropped by more than 100 degrees and the man would have suffered hypoxia.


  1. Not bad but not a world record. A fellow and his friend stowed away in the wheel wells of a British Airways aircraft (type not specified) from Johannesburg to Heathrow. Flight time was 11 hours. Upon gear extension, the friend fell out into the London suburbs, and the other gent survived. He lives in Liverpool now, although with a nasty leg injury.

  2. Tough but less than intelligent SOB.

    I respect him and if I were king I’d grant him asylum and offer him a job.

    Anyone who wants to be here that much should be offered a chance unless there are extenuating circumstances (i.e. criminal).

    In return, however, the US gets to deport a liberal who hates America to Guatemala as an exchange program.

  3. The FAA’s conclusion on these unusual “survival” outcomes:

    “The stable climb of the aircraft enabled hypoxia to lead to gradual unconsciousness. As the wheel-well environment slowly cooled, hypothermia accompanies the deep hypoxia, preserving nervous system viability.

    With descent, and warming, along with increasing atmospheric oxygen pressure, hypoxia and hypothermia slowly resolved. At the ramp, individuals were found in a semi-conscious state, and, upon treatment, recovered.”

  4. ‘In return, however, the US gets to deport a liberal who hates America to Guatemala as an exchange program.

    72 years in the country and over 30 years in liberal circles and working with veterans and not once ever met anyone who hates their own country. Met plenty though who hate other citizens due to their skin color, religion, politics, sexual orientation, occupation and the like.

    Seems to me the country would be healthier to deport or expel them, no?

    • Funny, it seems to me that the US would be healthier if we deported Liberals to Cuba. Or Venezuela.
      It seems that we would be doing them a favor since they’re trying to turn the US into one of these countries anyway. And it might help those countries keep up the numbers of their plebiscite, since, for some inexplicable reason, their countrymen keep fleeing these wonderful countries.
      But it’s a curious thing. While Liberals like to visit these countries, they don’t want to live in them. (Unless they’ve murdered a cop here.)
      Unfortunately for all of us, I fear that Liberals will soon be living in the country of their dreams.
      And I will just hate that.