The boy told us that he lived with his father and his stepmother, who he did not get on with
Despite his lengthy absence, Santa Clara police have confirmed his family did not file a missing persons report.
According to Maui airport manager Marvin Moniz the teenager spent Friday night at an unknown location, walked to San Jose airport on Saturday night, hopped the fence under cover of darkness and then snuck into the plane’s undercarriage on Sunday morning.
The Hawaiian Airlines jet landed in Maui at 10.30am (local time) and he eventually stumbled out of his hiding place an hour later.
Mr Moniz was present when the boy was first interviewed and he says, it was clear he did not want to return home. He explained: ‘The boy told us that he lived with his father and his stepmother, who he did not get on with. They had an argument on Friday. I do not know what it was about, but it made him decide to run away.
‘He left on Friday evening and spent the night somewhere. Then he said he walked to the airport. As far as I know he hopped the fence at about 9pm (Hawaii time) and then ran to a plane and hid.
‘He told us that he wanted to go and live with his mother. He said he had not seen her since he was two and he missed her. I do not know whether that was the age he left Africa and moved to America, but I assume so.’’
Culled from dailymail.com