- Jul 24th 2012, Manchester
A jet2.com Boeing 737-300, registration G-CELG performing flight LS-791 from Manchester, EN (UK) to Rome Fiumicino (Italy), departed with an 11 year old boy in the passenger cabin, who had run away from home and was making his way to Rome without boarding pass, passport or other papers. Other passengers realised in flight that the boy was travelling alone and informed cabin crew. In consultation of flight crew with dispatch it was discovered the boy was travelling as stowaway. The aircraft continued to Rome for a safe landing, the boy was kept aboard while all other passengers disembarked.
The boy was returned to Manchester on board of the aircraft, that departed Rome as flight LS-792 with a delay of 2 hours as result of the boy's adventure and reached Manchester with a delay of 80 minutes, where the boy was handed back to his family.
Police confirmed the boy had separated from his mother while she was shopping and went to the airport to take his way to Rome, while his mother started a search for him. After the crew called dispatch, police was able to identify his whereabouts and inform his mother and after the aircraft's return reunite the family.
The airline confirmed the boy was travelling aboard their aircraft without proper papers after passing five security checks, where the lack of boarding pass and lack of travel documents went unnoticed. The relevant staff has been suspended pending investigation results.
- Oct 22nd 2012, San Francisco
A China Airlines Boeing 747-400, registration B-18210 performing flight CI-4 (dep Oct 21st) from Taipei (Taiwan) to San Francisco,CA (USA), had completed a seemingly uneventful flight.
Airport Authorities at San Francisco however discovered a passenger was arriving with a forged passport. Further investigation revealed the passenger had no ticket and was travelling from China via Taiwan to San Francisco, having come on board of the aircraft in Shanghai disguised as cleaning personnel before the aircraft departed for flight CI-504 from Shanghai's Pudong Airport (China) to Taipei. The man had been hiding on board of the aircraft in an electrical compartment inside the pressurized cabin all the way from Shanghai to San Francisco and thus had escaped detection by cleaning personnel, cabin crew and security personnel on all three airports.
- Dec 25th 2009, Madinah
An Air India Airbus A330-200, hajj flight from Madinah (Saudi Arabia) to Jaipur (India) with 273 pilgrims, was about 45 minutes into the flight, when a stowaway was discovered in the aircraft cabin. The crew decided, he was not a threat to the safety of the flight and continued to Jaipur for a safe landing, where the stoaway was handed to airport security personnel. Police was informed several hours later early Saturday morning (Dec 26th).
The circumstances of the discovery are not clear. The passengers reported, that the stowaway simply walked out of the toilet 45 minutes into the flight and took an empty seat, but stood out from the other passengers still wearing his overall. Police reported, that a flight attendant was puzzled about a toilet being locked up for a long time, therefore opened the toilet and found the stowaway.
The Indian man (25) told the crew, that he had gone to Saudi Arabia 6 months earlier for work at the Madinah Airport as a loader, but hadn't been paid regularly and wanted back home, however the employer had confiscated his passport as is usual with foreign workers.
Police is taking action against the stowaway for violations of the passport act and against Air India officials. India's Civil Aviation Authority have opened an investigation.
- Sep 13th 2011, Uberlandia
A Gol Linhas Aereas Boeing 737-800, registration PR-GGP performing flight G3-1779 from Porto Alegre,RS to Brasilia,DF (Brazil), was enroute near Uberlandia,MG (Brazil) when the flight crew decided to divert to Uberlandia to verify suspicions of a stowaway on board after unusual noises had been heard from the cargo area of the aircraft. The aircraft landed safely, no surplus of people was found on board.
The aircraft arrived in Brasilia with a delay of 2.5 hours.
The airline confirmed that the aircraft was diverted to verify a suspected problem prompted by noises in the cabin.
- Jun 6th 2009, Washington
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration ET-ALJ performing flight ET-500 from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) via Rome Fiumicino (Italy) to Washington Dulles,DC (USA), had arrived in Washington without obvious incident. When the luggage handlers opened the cargo compartment and began to unload the luggage, they saw a hand amidst the luggage and found an exhausted and dehydrated man in his mid thirties. The man was brought to a hospital and taken into federal custody.
Authorities believe, that the man had entered the cargo compartment in Ethiopia and remained in there for around 18 hours. They are about to send the man back to Ethiopia.