prosecutors have filed criminal charges against a man who climbed
into a crate and had himself shipped by air from New York to Dallas,
with a Fort Wayne, IN, stopover, to visit his parents.
D. McKinley was charged with stowing away on a cargo jet. He could
face up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine.
a 25-year-old shipping clerk at a New York warehouse, journeyed
overnight about 1,500 miles by truck, plane and delivery van before
startling his parents by popping out of the box at their home
journey renewed debate over the air cargo system's vulnerability.
Federal officials want to know how McKinley got past
airport security. McKinley said he was homesick and looking for
a cheap way to visit his parents when he wedged himself into the
small crate. McKinley was arrested and jailed on unrelated traffic
and bad-check charges after the deliveryman called police in the
Dallas suburb of DeSoto.
companies were involved in handling McKinley's crate, and all
said they followed security procedures. UPS picked it up at the
warehouse where McKinley worked. Pilot Air Freight took the box
to Kennedy Airport; then it was trucked to Newark, NJ, and loaded
on a Kitty Hawk Cargo plane. After stops in Niagara Falls, NY,
and Fort Wayne, it landed in Dallas, where a deliveryman took
it to the home of McKinley's parents.