Congressman Questions Airport Security After Teen's Bizarre Death

A Massachusetts congressman says he is concerned that Homeland Security officials have not announced corrective actions since a teenager breached security at a North Carolina airport and hid in the wheel well of a Boston-bound plane.

Rep. William Keating pressed Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Wednesday about the case of 16-year-old Delvonte Tisdale, who died in November after climbing into the wheel well at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Tisdale plunged to the ground in Milton, Mass., as the plane descended to Boston.

Napolitano acknowledged during a hearing in Washington that the incident revealed a "breakdown" in security and said the Transportation Security Administration is investigating.

Keating later said in a telephone interview he is disappointed Napolitano did not list any steps that have already been taken to improve security.

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Police in North Carolina are going to head an investigation into how a Charlotte teen found dead near Boston's Logan International Airport was able to sneak into the wheel well of the plane from which he plunged.

The aviation director of Charlotte Douglas International Airport asked Charlotte police on Tuesday for help in determining how 16-year-old Delvonte Tisdale may have gotten aboard the plane.

Police spokesman Robert Fey says his department has no timeline in determining how Tisdale was able to get onto airport property and on the US Airways plane.

Tisdale's badly damaged body was found last month in Milton, Mass. Investigators believe he fell out when the plane lowered its landing gear on the approach to Boston.


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