A man was examined in a hospital after being found in the landing gear compartment of an airplane at Miami International Airport on Saturday morning, authorities said.
The 26-year-old man was apprehended by US customs and border protection officials after “trying to evade detection in the landing gear compartment of a plane arriving from Guatemala,” he said. indicated the agency in a press release.
He was first examined by emergency medical service workers before being sent to a hospital for evaluation, the agency said. His condition has not been released.
American Airlines said in a statement that the incident occurred on flight 1182 from Guatemala City to Miami. The flight lasted 2 hours and 37 minutes, according to flight tracking site Flight Aware, which noted that the aircraft was a Boeing 737-800.
The plane arrived in Miami at 10:06 a.m. and was met by law enforcement, the airline said.
“People take extreme risks when trying to hide in confined spaces like an airplane,” CBP said. “This incident is still under investigation.”
On June 7, after arriving in Guatemala City the night before, Vice President Kamala Harris warned potential migrants: “Don’t come. The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border.
She was quickly criticized for deterring migrants after President Joe Biden pledged a more humanitarian border policy following President Donald Trump’s hard line.
“You can’t go both ways – you can’t exclude and be welcoming at the same time,” said Katie Adams, United Church of Christ home policy advocate the next day.
Michelle Acevedo, Mohammed syed, Juliette Arcodie and Jay blackman contributed.