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Nude Intruder Hitches Ride on Moving Jet at LAX

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posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 03:49 PM
A Canadian man who suffers from Bipolar Disorder was refused a ticket from Qantas Airlines when he could not produce a valid credit card. He then jumped a fence and was seen by an airline employee sprinting toward the plane in the nude. He hid in the wheel-well of the plane and was later apprehended before the plane could take off.

Nude intruder hitches ride on moving jet at LAX

Man arrested after climbing into wheel well of taxiing Qantas jet

Updated: 6:38 a.m. ET Nov. 6, 2004

A Canadian man, angry that he was refused a plane ticket to Australia at Los Angeles International Airport, stripped naked, sprinted across the tarmac and climbed into the wheel well of a moving jumbo jet, officials said.

Pilots of the Qantas Airways flight stopped the plane upon realizing they had picked up an unauthorized passenger and the man was coaxed out of the wheel well and arrested for trespassing, airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said Wednesday.

This was an extremely dangerous thing for him to do, she said. If he had continued to cling in there with the aircraft taking off at over 200 per hour, he might have fallen out and could have been sucked up by an engine.

If he had survived that and was in the wheel well when the landing gear was retracted, he could have been crushed by the mechanism. And if not he very likely would have frozen to death during the 15 1/2 hour flight at 30,000 feet while wearing no clothes.

The man, Neil Melly, 31, tried to buy a one-way ticket on the Qantas flight on Monday evening, but was turned down because he could not supply a valid credit card, Castles said.

This particular individual was extremely fortunate that he was apprehended before he could have fallen victime to the many dangers of stowing away aboard a trans-oceanic flight.

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Mod Edit: to add original news link.

[edit on 6-11-2004 by kinglizard]

[edit on 04/11/6 by GradyPhilpott]

posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 05:08 PM
damn crazy Canadians.

posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 10:09 PM
C'mon Grady - we all know it was you.

Nude in a Wheelwell

0'-12000' Normal breathing, temperature drops 20 degrees on average.
12000'-17000' Distressed breathing, hypoxia, temperature drops dramatically.
17000'-40000' Not enough oxygen to continue life, temperature drops into sub-zero range.

He would have been dead within 200 miles of Los Angeles departure.

posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 10:11 PM
That's quite the interesting story...
Wonder if he actually thought he'd get away with it, and could make it all the way to Australia in the wheel well...

posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 10:14 PM

Originally posted by Chuck Stevenson
C'mon Grady - we all know it was you.

I'm not Canadian.

posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 10:22 PM
haha, is being Canadian the only insult extracted from his post?

posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 10:26 PM
Dead bodies are occasionally found in wheelwells of airliners. The problem with stowing away in them is that they are not pressurized.

With subzero temperatures and extremely low levels of oxygen available at 36,000 feet, survival of a flight several hours long -- especially when naked -- is not a likely possibility.

Thus airport personnel saved this man's life.

As for the fact that the guy's a Canadian, well, you know how crazy they are.

posted on Nov, 6 2004 @ 10:38 PM

Originally posted by Majic

As for the fact that the guy's a Canadian, well, you know how crazy they are.

And to think this is only a mild example

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