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September 11, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Federal prosecutors filed criminal charges in Dallas against a man who climbed into a crate and had himself shipped by air from New York to Dallas to visit his parents. Charles 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 if convicted. McKinley, a 25-year-old shipping clerk at a New York warehouse, journeyed overnight about 1,500 miles by truck, plane and delivery van.
September 10, 2003 | From Associated Press
Charles D. McKinley had himself shipped from New York to Dallas in an airline cargo crate, startling his parents -- and a deliveryman -- when he broke out of the box outside their home. "My husband asked him, 'Man, what are you doing in this crate?' He said he was coming home," his mother told a Dallas television station. Federal officials want to know how the stowaway bypassed airport security.
July 12, 2003 | Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writer
A man without proper press credentials walked onto a jumbo jet chartered by the White House travel office Friday, flew with journalists and White House staff members from South Africa to Uganda, then continued with them to a compound where President Bush was meeting with the Ugandan president.
June 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Five of six Latino stowaways found aboard a ship headed to the Port of Oakland may be going to Japan if a local agent cannot get them travel documents to fly to their countries of origin, authorities said Friday. The five men are in the custody of the ship's captain. A sixth is in the custody of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection.
May 29, 2002
Re "10 Chinese Nabbed After Coming Ashore in O.C.," May 24: To refer to the ships used by Asian smugglers and stowaways as "modern-day slave ships," to quote Immigration and Naturalization Service spokesman Bill Strassberger, is not only inaccurate, it is insulting. There is a vast difference between individuals willingly undertaking a perilous journey by sea "looking for a better economic future" and the Africans who were captured in their homeland, packed into steerage and delivered into bondage in the Americas.
The 11 Dominican men came to the United States in a locked, stifling cargo container in search of the American dream--and it almost cost them their lives. Some of the stowaways, who had been trapped inside the 40-foot container for a week, were recovering in a hospital Friday, officials said. An employee assigned to check the container seals had heard banging and muffled shouts and alerted authorities.
January 31, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Five Mexicans who had apparently stowed away in a railroad coal car were found dead when the coal was dumped onto a conveyor belt at a power plant near Willcox. Investigators have not determined whether the men were illegal immigrants, said sheriff's spokeswoman Carol Capas. The bodies were discovered at the Arizona Electric Power Cooperative after the car dumped its 100-ton load. The men apparently asphyxiated in the coal, said Miguel Escobar Valdez, the Mexican consul in Douglas.
December 12, 2001 | Associated Press
A customs official found the bodies of four stowaways Tuesday inside a shipping container in the port city of Livorno on Italy's Tuscan coast, a police spokesman said. Police were investigating the cause of death and trying to identify the four men, the spokesman said. Italian news reports said the bodies were found in a container of floor tiles bound for Canada. The news reports said the stowaways were Romanian, but police did not confirm their nationality.
November 16, 2001 | Associated Press
An Egyptian Canadian stowaway who was arrested on terrorism charges after he was found with high-tech equipment in an Italian port was ordered freed Thursday. Amir Farid Rizk, 43, was arrested Oct. 18, the first person to be charged in Italy under a new international anti-terrorism law. He was found in a shipping container equipped with a satellite phone, raising suspicions that he was part of a terrorist network.
April 4, 2001
The 23 Chinese stowaways found at the Port of Long Beach on Monday hiding in rail car-size containers were in "generally pretty good condition," a U.S. immigration spokeswoman said Tuesday. Two were treated for injuries--including rope burn and a broken ankle--sustained shortly before the group was discovered, said Sharon Gavin of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. They were transported to the INS' Terminal Island processing center, she said.
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