surprised even a 15 year old didn't know that airline wheel-well stowaways almost always die...if not just for the science behind it. He's lucky he didn't get a flight to australia.
I'm gonna go out on a scientific limb and say that he'd have been fine for the 12-18hrs (whatever it may be) if he already made it past 30k feet. His body had some unreal bear-like adaptation that's not at all typical of human physiology and made it 5 hours "unharmed", according to EMS.
The kid's dawn patrol was 1) hopping a barbed wire fence; 2) running on the Tarmac to the first plane he saw; 3) jumping into the wheel well of that jet. I don't think this kid was expecting anything or thinking much at all. Plus, he's 15. Were any of us thinking anything logical at 15?
What a story though. Do the Hawaiians send haole back or is he the American air travel equivalent of Elian Gonzalez?