The remains of 16-year-old North Carolina teen were discovered in a Boston suburb last month, and the likely explanation of how he got there has finally come to light. Somehow, this teenager got past airport security (seriously, all of them) undetected at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and made his way into the wheel well of a departing commercial flight. From The New York Times:

The remains of the youth, Delvonte Tisdale, 16, were found in a quiet neighborhood in Milton, Mass., on Nov. 15, below a flight path to Logan Airport.

“It appears more likely than not that Mr. Tisdale was able to breach airport security and hide in the wheel well of a commercial jet airliner without being detected by airport security,” William R. Keating, Norfolk County district attorney, said at a news conference on Friday afternoon.

Mr. Keating said he had alerted federal authorities and the airport in Charlotte, N.C., where the teenager is believed to have gotten on the flight, about the events. While the case is a sad one, Mr. Keating said, it also underscores fears that someone with malicious intent could do the same thing.

“It’s a terrible tragedy what happened to this young man, but if that was someone with a different motive,” he said, “if that was a terrorist that could have been a bomb that was planted, undetected. This is very serious.”

Something to think about when you’re getting your junk x-rayed or fondled by a stranger (for your safety, of course) this holiday season.