CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Family and friends of a North Carolina teen who stowed away in an airplane’s wheel well said Tuesday they want to know why airport security didn’t stop him from sneaking on and ultimately dying after he plunged several thousand feet.

They say they will be haunted by thoughts of 16-year-old Delvonte Tisdale’s death until they find out how he was able to sneak aboard a Boston-bound US Airways plane last month on the tarmac at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

“If Delvonte was able to get on a plane, what about a terrorist? Where was security?” the Rev. James Woodson, the family’s pastor, said Tuesday.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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