This file photo of a Hawaiian Airlines flight from 2006 proves their wheel wells are exceptionally enticing. (Getty)
Parents! Keep an eye out for this dangerous and growing trend among teens. Yesterday, a 16-year-old runaway from Santa Clara, California, hopped a fence at the San Jose Airport, crawled into the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines plane, and flew to Maui. "Wheeling," as we've decided to call it, is the hot new activity for teen risk-takers, and it is definitely something all the teens you know are doing.
Man, teens today sure do think they're invincible! Of course, nobody can survive a 5-and-a-half hour flight over the Pacific Ocean at freezing temperatures and the thin atmosphere of 38,000 feet. Except for this kid, who according to an FBI spokesman spent most of the flight unconscious, woke up in Hawaii, and hopped down onto the tarmac.
There he was apprehended by Hawaiian Airlines officials, welcomed to the island with a ceremonial lei, and turned over to Child Protective Services. He was not charged with a crime.
Okay, fine, so this one teen might be invincible, but that doesn't mean that you are, boys and girls. Buckle your seat belts!
(by Shira Rachel Danan)