The family of 16-year-old Delvonte Tisdale, who stowed away in an airplane's wheel well, wants to know why airport security didn't stop him from sneaking onto the plane and ultimately dying after he plunged several thousand feet. The North Carolina teen sneaked aboard a Boston-bound US Airways plane last month on the tarmac at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. He stowed away in the airplane's wheel well. Investigators say he fell out when the plane lowered its landing gear on the approach to Boston.Tisdale's severely damaged body was found Nov. 15 in Milton, Mass. Experts say he was probably dead before the plane prepared to land. At 20,000 feet, the air inside a wheel well can get thin and cold, sometimes dropping to more than 20 below zero.
The family is right to want to know how Tisdale got onto the tarmac, but they're wrong for blaming the airport for his death. How do they expect the airport to know where the boy is when they didn't, and they're his family? Unfortunately, Tisdale made a bad decision and paid for it with his life.
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