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Official: Boy who stowed away on jet leaves Hawaii

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:26 p.m. HST, May 03, 2014

The 15-year-old boy who survived a 5 1/2 -hour flight from California to Hawaii in a jet's wheel well has left the state, but officials on Saturday would not say where they sent him and with whom.

Zahra Billoo, who has been speaking on behalf of the boy's family, declined to provide any details, saying she wasn't authorized to discuss the matter.

"We're doing our best to help the family maintain the privacy they requested," she said Saturday.

Mukhtar Guled, a cousin of the boy's stepmother, told the San Jose Mercury News on Friday that it wasn't clear whether the father would be allowed to bring his son home.

"He could not see him. They won't let him see him or visit him or talk to him," Guled said.

Yahya Abdi endured the flight from San Jose, California, to Maui after hopping an airport fence and climbing into the wheel well of a Boeing 767. He has not spoken publicly about the ordeal that raised questions about airport security and revealed the personal family drama of a Somali immigrant struggling to adjust to life in the United States.

Abdi, who lives in Santa Clara with his father, stepmother and siblings, had been unhappy in California and desperately missed his mother, according to those who know his family.

Kayla Rosenfeld, the spokeswoman for Hawaii's Department of Human Services, said late Friday that the youth is "no longer in Hawaii."

Her brief emailed statement did not specify how or when Yahya Abdi left, whom he traveled with or where he went. A call to her office was not immediately answered early Saturday.

The boy's father, Abdilahi Yusuf, arrived in Hawaii this week from the family's home in Santa Clara, California, to bring him back.

Rosenfeld had said previously that the teen was in a Honolulu hospital after being transferred to state custody from the Maui airport, where he was questioned by FBI and airport officials following the April 20 flight.

Yahya Abdi's mother lives in a refugee camp in eastern Ethiopia. Ubah Mohammed Abdule told The Associated Press that the boy longed to see her, but couldn't because his father told him she was dead and didn't allow contact.

The boy's sister, Najma Abdi, said Monday that their birth mother was lying, and that the father didn't take the children away from her or mistreat them.

Nobody answered a knock on the door of the family's home Saturday, and neither did neighbors.

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1local wrote:
send the bills to the family / state of california - Hawaii taxpayers should not be paying for this
on May 3,2014 | 07:39AM
dlg808 wrote:
If you don't get killed trying, then all is well. No sanctions? Who's next?
on May 3,2014 | 07:50AM
jmarie wrote:
Don't let the name fool you "Council on American-Islamic Relations". This was no lost boy looking for his mother. It was a well planned test to see how far our airport securities are and he found a seam in the security with no legal consequences to himself. This is a well orchestrated dress rehearsal for the next 9/11 plot.
on May 3,2014 | 08:24AM
Mythman wrote:
right on, jmarie, pays to be suspicious, a suicide bomber somewhere read this story or produced the story in the first place. think about it the next time riding to the mainland or from the mainland on Hawaiian. I think I will ask the stewarts if they checked the wheel well before taking off and see if they lock me up for asking.
on May 3,2014 | 08:35AM
RandolphW wrote:
Totally agree. This whole episode went far too smoothly, and with no real glitches.
on May 3,2014 | 08:39AM
jmarie wrote:
Think about it who is "Yahya Abdi" and is he really 15. I recall a few little league world series where some of the boy's from South America were actually men. What do we know about this family? why are they in America? how did they get to America? if his father was a poor goat herder from Somalia fleeing the war how did he afford to get his family to America? So so many questions.
on May 3,2014 | 09:16AM
Skyler wrote:
So many conspiracy theories, so little time, eh?
on May 3,2014 | 11:58AM
jmarie wrote:
Quote by Joseph Heller “Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you”!
on May 3,2014 | 12:50PM
Skyler wrote:
They're just after you - I'm cool. ;-)
on May 3,2014 | 10:20PM
itsok wrote:
when you're egocentric, it's easy to become paranoid.
on May 3,2014 | 04:29PM
itsok wrote:
on May 3,2014 | 04:26PM
IAmSane wrote:
Yes, think about it. The name "Yahya Abdi" has 9 letters. He flew to Hawaii from California, also know as "Kalifornia." Kalifornia starts with the letter "K." K is the 11th letter in the alphabet. 9 and 11. 9/11. Conspiracy. I don't think so. Wake up, sheeeple!
on May 3,2014 | 05:19PM
buttery wrote:
at first the family will tell all, now they want privacy! who pays the bills?!
on May 3,2014 | 09:13AM
jmarie wrote:
"Council on American-Islamic Relations" or better known as Al-Qaeda.
on May 3,2014 | 09:24AM
islandsun wrote:
Send the kid back to Africa and put him on the no fly list. Bill California Dept of Transportation for the expenses.
on May 3,2014 | 09:43AM
Bdpapa wrote:
The only thing I want to know is does he have a seat in the plane this time?
on May 3,2014 | 12:32PM
psimmons wrote:
He does. But I hope he learned his lesson re Hawaiian Air's meals. If you're sleeping they don't wake you up. Doesn't matter if you're in the wheel well or in a cabin seat.
on May 3,2014 | 01:31PM
sailfish1 wrote:
I hope Hawaii didn't pay more money to get him wherever he went.
on May 3,2014 | 12:37PM
maya wrote:
This whole story sounds very suspicious, and I am beginning to doubt this 'kids" story. First, do any of you think that this stowaway was so naive to think that all flights leaving an airport go to Somalia, especially when Hawaiian Airlines has a huge logo on the tail? I am sure , coming from Somalia, that he knows Hawaiian Airlines does not fly there. Secondly, I saw the back of his head in the picture when he was being carried away in a stretcher, he looked big. I wonder if this "kid" is an adult. We are not being told the whole story. The TSA is useless.
on May 3,2014 | 02:16PM
jmarie wrote:
Ah you see the light, it's a big dress rehearsal for the next attempt at taking out a jumbo jet!
on May 3,2014 | 06:39PM
maya wrote:
Another thought- if this 'kid" disappears, and does not go back to school, then that would be very interesting. That could mean he is in fed custody.
on May 3,2014 | 02:28PM
sak wrote:
The Dumb Kid should know that Hawaiian Airlines doesn't fly anywhere near Somalia. What a Fool at such a young age, good luck if you ever grow up!
on May 3,2014 | 02:45PM
IAmSane wrote:
Hawaiian Airlines flies to Hawaii a third world country, amirite?! He must have been confused huwhahahahahahaha!!!!
on May 3,2014 | 05:27PM
jmarie wrote:
He's no dumb kid, he's a suicide bomber testing the security. The next time we will not be so lucky!
on May 3,2014 | 06:41PM
sailfish1 wrote:
The "Dumb Kid" may not be so dumb. He probably knew that there are dumb people in Hawaii (especially the government workers) who will probably provide FREE medical care, free accomodations and food, and even free travel to Somalia so he can go see his mother.
on May 3,2014 | 09:06PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
I wonder how any of these people get t into the country. I guess the government hasn't learned anything from the Boston marathon bombers. Keep letting in people from countries that hate us, it's like asking to be attacked.
on May 3,2014 | 04:02PM
itsok wrote:
I wish the boy and family well in life.
on May 3,2014 | 04:28PM
mrluke wrote:
Way too many unanswered questions. And guess what? Nobody's talking. Big surprise!!!
on May 3,2014 | 06:09PM
RandolphW wrote:
No surprise. Our country is being systematically destroyed from within.
on May 3,2014 | 07:29PM
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