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good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me. a california boy's death-defying feat is casting a critical eye at san jose's airport this morning. investigators still wondering why no one noticed a 16-year-old boy scaling a parameter around the airport and managed to climb into a plane's wheelwell and travel five hours to hawaii. we are learning a bit more about the boy himself. we know the teenager left his home after a fight with his family at their santa clara home. also neighbors say the family had moved to the neighborhood a year ago. the father was a taxi driver. and they never noticed anything unusual. >> they're really quiet neighbors. so, yeah. so we -- we really, you know, don't hear noises or anything. >> as for how that teenager got into the plane's wheelwell and
survived -- that remains quite the mystery this morning. cnn brian todd has more for you. >> reporter: the ground crew noticed him wandering the tarmac in maui disoriented. fbi special agent tom simon says this 16-year-old boy claimed to have ridden to maui in the wheelwell of a's 67 all the way from san jose, california. the spokeswoman says. >> ease he's a very lucky boy. >> reporter: the teenager was seen hopping the fence at the san jose airport and walking across the tarmac towards the hawaii airlines plane. the maui airport has footage of him crawling out of a wheelwell. we went into the wheelwell of a 707. smaller than the 767's wheel bay but this security expert was able to show us how he could have wedged in. >> the center could be key. >> with the setup here in the 707, this area here is probably the best location for him at this time, because that is where
the space between the wheels would later on be positioned, and that ensures that there would be slightly, enough space for him to survive, and then he can improve his position once the gear is in. >> reporter: experts say if he did successfully stow away, it's almost miraculous. the wheelwells are passenger jets aren't heated or pressurized. as a cruising altitude of 30,000 to 35,000 feet, the cold air could have ill canned him. >> at that height, temperatures around minus 45 to minus 55 degrees c. put that into perspective. skin freezes almost instantaneously at around minus 44 degrees c. >> reporter: a loss of oxygen at that altitude could have killed him unless his metabolism slowed enough nod to need oxygen. the lack of security in san jose is being questioned in this case. the boy took advantage of a gap in the system. >> right now many of our airports are not protecting the
perimeter well enough to prevent an incident like this one. >> reporter: the airport spokeswoman in san jose says that facility exceeds all security requirements, and has an excellent track record. the tsa is assisting the airport in its investigation. if this young man pulled this off he would have beaten pretty long odds. according to the faa since 1947, 105 people attempted to stow away in wheelwells are planes all over the world arnold 80 of them have died. brian todd, cnn, chantilly, virginia. and this raises many questions about airport security. cnn aviation analyst mary schiavo joins me from charleston, south carolina. formerly with the ntsb. good morning, mary. >> good morning. good to be with you, carol. >> nice to have you here. so there was a gap in security? who's responsible for keeping people from scaling fences outside of airports? >> well, the airport is, and the airport is responsible and has to report to both the federal aviation administration and the tsa, and apparently even though
they had the fence, a requirement of federal regulations and the surveillance cameras, also a requirement. the third component is someone actually watching the surveillance cameras's apparently in did not have and only looked at them later. a huge gap in security. what's the point of the billion of dollars of equipment we've purchased after 9/11 if nobody pays attention to it? >> should we be concerned on a national scale this might be happening at other airports across the country? >> oh, it is. it is happening all over. we've put the equipment in place and rely heavily on the equipment. we assume the equipment once we buy the equipment and put it in place and in some ways have the problem with september 11th. put in, back then, much older generation equipment, though, but metal detectors, x-ray equipment and then the screeners just routinely ignored them. so i think it's a little bit of a wake-up call here. it's time to actually look at the equipment that we have, and
actually do the security that we say that we are having, and for this young man, obviously, he broke the law, but since he was clearly visible on the cameras, he's very fortunate that he survived, but had he not, there would be a lot more questions about, you know, why was he allowed to get on the plane if people could have seen him do it? >> okay. so a question for you, because you've investigated many and accident, and many different kinds of cases. do you believe this kid really did survive a five-hour flight in the wheelwell of a plane? >> you know, i wouldn't have without the fact that we had yet more surveillance cameras on the other end of the flight actually apparently surveilling him getting out of the wheelwell. because when i was inspector general we had investigators going around checking security, they were actually doing this. breaking on to airport property illegally, because we were the feds, getting into baggage areas and cargo holds, and so i thought perhaps that the teen had mistaken the wheelwell for
an open baggage hold area, but, no. apparently the surveillance cameras in hawaii show him coming out of the wheelwell. so i suppose it's possible that the lines and the equipment in the plane kept him warm, hydraulic lines and other things, i suppose it's possible there was a slow leak on pressurization, but that's not really likely, but he's very lucky. >> he sure s. survival rate is awfully bad and usually they fall out when the gear comes down. >> it's just -- an amazing story. >> mary schiavo, thanks for your insight. appreciate it. >> thank you. saying the united states wants to be a partner and friend to ukraine, vice president joe biden met today with the acting president and other high level diplomats. a solution for the crisis in ukraine. the vice president also slammed russia for its actions in crimea. >> ukraine is and must remain one country, from liev, down to
the black sea. one country. one united ukraine. no nation has the right to simply grab land from another nation. no nation has that right, and we will never recognize russia's illegal occupation of crimea, and neither will the world. >> yet russia remains in crimea. frederic plankten in crimea. tell us more what the vice president had to say. >> reporter: a lot to say. he massively criticized the russian federation not only for moves in crimea also in east of ukraine where the pro-russian protesters remain holed up in those buildings. in fact took over another one in another town, also in that same area. the u.s. and ukraine, of course,
both say that they believe russia is responsible for all of this, is steering all this in the background. the vice president says the u.s. wants to show it's commitment to ukraine, offered additional financial help to help with reforms here in this country. one of the main keys he had was energy security for ukraine, because as you know, ukraine gets a lot of its gas from russia, and russia has been using that to pressure ukraine in the current situation. so energy security was a major issue he had there, but generally showing support for ukraine and certainly i can tell you from this country here, people took this visit very, very seriously, carol. >> joe biden also said that, you know, may 25th, elections will be held in ukraine. joe biden said that the united states will make sure that they go smoothly. what does that mean as far as resources are concerned? >> reporter: well, he's put forward $50 million in resources for political reforms and also to help that election go across smoothly. he said the election could possibly be the most important
election in this country's history, because, of course, it comes on the heels of this revolution and in an environment where the russians are saying they believe the current int prum government is not legitimate. what the u.s. says is that this -- this election cannot be open to criticism. it has to go smoothly harks to go fairly and cannot be any international criticism afterwards simply to show this country is capable of a democratic process and will then have a legitimate government. basically what he wants to do, take all arguments away from the russian federation and he says the u.s. is willing to put its resources into that to make sure there is a reform process, because he also says one of the things that's also clear that this country still suffers a great deal from corruption both in the political as well as the economics sphere and that, of course, was one of the main concerns of protestors here in kiev when they started the process of the revolution a couple months ago, carol. >> reporting live from kiev in ukraine this morning. still to come in the "newsroom," as divers find more bodies in that capsized ferry, investigators this morning arrest two more crew members for
their role in the sinking of that ship. cnn's will ripley is following the story for you from south korea. will? >> reporter: carol, we just got new information about the number of people found dead on the ferry as divers continue their around the clock efforts searching for survivors. [ male announcer ] this is the cat that drank the milk... [ meows ] ...and let in the dog that woke the man who drove to the control room [ woman ] driverless mode engaged. find parking space. [ woman ] parking space found. [ male announcer ] ...that secured the data that directed the turbines that powered the farm that made the milk that went to the store that reminded the man to buy the milk that was poured by the girl who loved the cat. [ meows ]
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kouth korea to tell us more. >> reporter: the big question, how much longer this search operation will continue before the language changes and it's called a recovery operation, because sadly as these divers go out, hundreds of them hoping they can find survivors in some sort of air pocket in the sunken sewol ferry. sadly all they keep coming back ashore with are dead. nur numbers. 121, meaning 181 are still technically missing right now, and they are believed to be somewhere in that ferry. divers have been facing a difficult job. underwater it's almost impossible to see almost a few inches in front of you. they use ropes to get into the ship but are trying to get towards the cafeteria in the ship where they think a lot of these it young students were at the time of this disaster. you know, you've seen the video of how awful conditions are out there. i can tell you from being up on the surface, it's just as awful
to watch them pull bodies up on to these ships and bring them here to shore. take them to a tent where they look at the bodies and then they announce over a loud speaker to the family members, a description of the young person, or the old person, that they found laying there, and you hear parents sob, walk over to the tent. confirm that is indeed their loved one or isn't. it's a heartbreaking scene, carol, and we've seen it over and over again here. >> do they still have hope that there are air pockets in that ship? >> reporter: the diver that i spoke to who leads the volunteer diver says he absolutely has hope that there could still be people alive and burst into tears and said, it's because i have to have hope. i have to have hope for my country and for these families. think about it, carol, we're a week into this. that's cold water. very cold water. limited amount of air. dark. no food. so you look at the odds. you know, at this point i think that the official line is, that they're hoping for a miracle.
but yet they go in day in and day out and all they keep finding are dead. >> will ripley reporting live from south korea this morning. still to come in the "newsroom," a cyclone closes in and a search areas scales back. cnn erin mclaughlin with the latest on flight 370. hi, erin. >> reporter: hi, carol. that's right. they're just days away from potentially ruling out this current search area. more details on what they're planning next, after the break. i'm mom at the playground and the dog park.
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a tropical cyclone is the latest obstacle in the search for malaysian flight 370. the air search was is a stesusp. the underwater drone continues. tenth mission. so far month trace of the missing plane. now day 46 of the search and for the families of those aboard, it's settled into a cruel monotony. live in perth, australia to bring us up to date is erin mclaughlin. >> reporter: hi, carol. right. that aerial search temporarily suspended. we expect it to continue as soon as the weather improves. meanwhile, all eyes on the bluefin 21, which has so far ruled out the majority of this now narrowed search area. officials are already looking at what they're going to do next. no end in sight as investigators are now only days away from
completing the search in the targeted area. and still no sign of flight 370. back in the water this morning, bluefin 21. after turning up empty scouring two-thirds of the intended seabed so far. the search in the air, drastically scaled back, due to rain, poor visibility and heavy seas from tropical cyclone jack. the targeted area, six miles in radius represents the best guess as to where the plane may be. if nothing is found, the search area may widen dramatically with more equipment. investigators say they're in the early stages of talks on long-term search plans. as far out at july. on monday, chinese families of those onboard flight 370 arrived at a beijing hotel expecting a briefing with technical experts from malaysia, but that meeting was cancelled. the families turned away. >> even small pieces.
they haven't found it. so we really doubt whether it is at the right place or not. we just want to help them check it. >> reporter: as you hear, there are some of the families questioning whether or not they're looking in the right place, thinking perhaps the bluefin 21 is not in the right place. they want more information. they want more data. they have too many lingering questions. carol? >> erin mclaughlin reporting live from perth, australia this morning. thank you. with most of the intended search area now scanned and still no trace of that plane, one overarching question is how long can that search continue with no results? the u.s. navy says talks are now under way to extend the efforts, maybe as far out as july. joining me now, cnn aviation analyst and former ntsb director peter goss. welcome. >> good morning, carol. >> good morning. so the search in the area where those black boxes are believed to be is now two-thirds done. no boxes. really discouraging. but that doesn't mean the boxes
aren't in that location, right? >> well, they could have missed it. they might have been just outside the location. i mean, the search area was determined using some really difficult and cutting edge analysis. it might have been slightly off, but i do think that the searchers, the search team are re-assessing the strategy. the searches cut back or eliminated and look for the long-term underwater search with some new equipment. >> speaking of new equipment, is it possible the wreckage of that plane just sunk too deep to be actually found by the bluefin 21? >> well, i think that's possible, but a 777 is -- if you're meaning into the silt, i think that's it possible. but unlikely. if you mean if it's in deeper water, the answer is absolutely. the bluefin is limited to 5,000 meters. there's parts of that area that
are deeper, and they may need a any equipment. probably a towed piece of equipment, that can go deeper, deeper and have feedback continuously to the surface. >> why do you suppose that searchers are so sure the black boxes are in that particular area of the indian ocean? >> well, i think it's a combination of things. one is, that is where the final handshake what they've described as the handshake. that was the satellite query of the airplane, do you want to send information? the final handshake took place right there according to their analysis, and then the half handshake was also right near there. couple that with the finding of the pings, that was the most likely place where the plane went down, and it probably still is -- they're just going to have
to widen the search area dramatically and the blue fin may not be the best piece of equipment to do that. >> so is there some point in any investigation where fresh eyes are brought in to look over the information one more time, just to see if everything's kosher? >> well, you're absolutely right, and i think that's something that probably if it isn't being done will be done. in which you bring in a completely new team of individuals. they look at the data, the raw data, without any preconceptions and see if they come up with the same solution, the same direction, the same location as the first team. i mean, the first team was working under enormous pressure. working 24 hours a day. they've done tremendous work. but it doesn't hurt to bring in a new, fresh set of eyes to see if they've missed anything, or if a different -- with different assumptions, a different location is projected. >> peter goelz, thanks for your
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good morning. i'm carol costello. thanks for joining me. vice president biden in ukraine basically saying, we've got your back. biden met today with ukraine's top officials including the acting president making it clear that the united states fully supports the country in its ongoing tensions with russia. >> the united states stands with you, and is working to support all ukrainians in seeking a better future. you will not walk this road alone. we will walk it with you. >> diana magnate is in moscow. was russia listening to the vice president this morning, i'm wondering? >> reporter: i'm sure russia was listening and not the kind of press conference that particularly like to hear. russia has always accused the u.s. of interfering in ukrainian affairs and consider the current authority in kiev to be illegitimate. the fact the u.s. is propping them up and offering support not
just for the border of ukraine and the economy but also for its sort of counterterrorism, as they're couched, efforts in the eastern ukraine. the u.s. is helping with radio gear, with general sort of support facilities in the east. that kind of thing isn't going to go very well, down very well in moscow. also, the fact that joe biden said he doesn't consider the annexation of crimea to be remotely legal. clearly what russia sees as legitimate and really what most people here see as a justified return of what was russian to russian soil. it's perceived by the rest of the world as an unfair annexation. these are irreconcilable points right now, carol? >> reporting live from moscow. many thanks to you. republican congressman ed royce leading a delegation to ukraine and joins me now by phone from kiev. welcome, congressman.
>> well, thank. it's going to be with you. >> oh, it's great to have you with us. you just returned from a trip to eastern ukraine, the site of heightened tensions between pro-russian forces and u trainian loyalists, met with a governor there. what's the mood like? >> well, it was interesting, because we made a point of trying to meet with all the russian-speaking minorities and religious minorities in the region. the feedback we got was that they felt this was being manufactured by russia. we'd bring up different points and people would smile and say, well, that's russian propaganda, that, in fact, you know, what they were -- russian special forces sort of disguised, going around trying to whip up trouble, but the local people there, we met with leaders, for example, in the jewish community, and in other minority communities, and they all were of the same opinion, which was, they're looking forward to the election on may 25th and want
independence for ukraine from russia. >> on the subject of that election, joe biden said this morning that the united states will provide substantial assistance for that presidential election. what exactly does that mean? >> well, it means about 2,000 election observers, and that's from the u.s. side, but europe will be heavily engaged there as well with their observer teams. it also means money in order to try to train the ukrainians in terms of how to conduct this vast election. i frankly think returning from the east you're going to see a big turnout from some of these areas. i know the russians will attempt to disrupt the election, but security is certainly a concern. so you'll also see some funding for election security out of that. >> well, and, of course, russia is not backing down, and the rhetoric is heating up even here in the united states.
in fact, senator john mccain was on "late night with seth myers" and slammed russia's president, vladimir putin. listen. >> russia is a gas station masquerading as a country. all he's got is gas and oil, and that's really all that is sustaining them. i take that back. it's a gas station run by a mafia that is masquerading -- >> originally i thuought it wasa little rough -- >> of course, russia exports natural gas to ukraine. ukraine pays russia for those resources. do you agree with senator mccain? >> well, 70% of the russian exports are oil and gas, and it's 52% of the budget for their military and their government. so the prime support for putin right now is the monopoly they have. principally in eastern europe on oil and gas. so if we were to export gas into
this region, and that has been part of our discussions here with ukrainians, we were over in as are azerbaijan into europe, certainly could send gas from louisiana. we have excess capacity at the lng facility. there's a lot we can do, 50% of the gas needs of ukraine can be met, in my conversation with the vice president, he said if they were to develop -- developing shale gas here. i'm sure we're going to be involved in transmitting to that them type of capability engineering-wise. as we go forward, there is a lot of ways to put pressure on russia, because if you -- if you eliminate their monopoly in eastern europe on gas, that hits their bottom line. that hits their stock market. the value of their currency.
this is one of the ways to push back. >> congressman ed royce, thank you so much for joining us live from kiev this morning. we appreciate it. still to come in the "newsroom," more crew members arrested for think role in that south korean ferry disaster. plus, chaos confusion and panic. hear the crew's emergency calls for help aboard that sinking ship, next. four-wheel steering is why i get up in the morning. ♪ [ jim ] when my grandson grows up, it's his. but it's all mine now. [ male announcer ] that's how we run, and nothing runs like a deere. [ male announcer ] that's how we run, i've quit for 75 days. 15 days, but not in a row.
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investigators arrested two more crew members for their role in that sinking ferry. nine people including the captain detained for actions or inaction aboard that ship. chaotic radio transcripts are now giving new details about last wednesday's disaster, which has left at least 121 people, mostly students, dead.
here's cnn's report. >> translator: our ship is listing and may fall. >> reporter: recordings reveal the frantic ship-to-shore communications as a ferry filled with 476 people, most of them students, begins to list and take on water. at 9:10, ets, the center that monitors asks, how are the passengers doing? reply, it's too list and they're not able to move. 15 minutes later. if passengers escape can they be immediately rescued? patrol ships should arrive in 10 minute. 10 minutes? yes. 10 minutes. 10 minutes. the chaos and confusion all add up to an unthinkable crime, according to the president of south korea. the actions of the captain and some of the crew are absolutely unacceptable, she says.
unforgivable actions that are akin to murder. the captain, who is facing five criminal charges, spoke about safety four years ago in a promotional video. as long as you follow the orders of our crew members, he says, traveling by ship is safer than any other means of transport. now, that very captain facing tough questions about the orders he gave as his ship quickly sank. i gave orders to evacuate, he says, but that was after he told them to wait, because the rescue boats had not arrived yet. most of those who obeyed are still missing. trapped inside the sunken ferry and with each passing hour, the likelihood of a survivor being found fades. it is a reality that weighs heavily on the divers. we cry every day and search for the missing people, says a volunteer. so far, they have only recovered bodies. one by one, they are brought
ashore. they are 15, 16 and 17-year-old students, parents and children. a national tragedy. and for the families, a grueling wait for answers. those buoys that you're looking at, those large buoys are off-white in color, those are the ones that mark the spot where the ferry went down. all around it, you can see orange ships, small inflatable ships. that's what divers are using to get to the site itself. then they're using guidelines to try to access the ship. what they are looking for are bodies or survivors. driving these divers, they say, it's a miracle. the hope that they may indeed find someone alive. for cnn, on the water of the yellow sea. 181 people remain missing aboard that ferry. officials still calling their efforts a search and rescue operation, but so far divers have not found a single survivor.
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one of the country of main testing sites. experts are keeping a close eye on whether north korea is preparing an underground tunnel at the site. they warned that kind of action would signal a nuclear test is imminent. this alarming news comes as president obama prepares for an overseas trip to asia, and a south korean official focus on that sunken ferry disaster. cnn's paula hancocks has more. >> reporter: carol, there is stepped up activity at the site in the north east of north korea where they carried out their previous underground nuclear test back in february 2013. this is according to the south korea defense ministry basically telling cnn all north korea has to do is make the political decision to carry out a fourth nuclear test. now, we understand that they have yet to dig the entrance to this underground tunnel, and then to seal it up, but we're told that would not take very long. just last month north korea said it may carry out a new kind of
nuclear test. if it felt it was being pushed to do so by the united states. experts say this new kind of nuclear test may, in fact, be using uranium rather than plutonium. experts say this may also just be a bluff so that north korea can try and extract concessions from the united states. the timing certainly interesting. north korea -- u.s. president barack obama is heading to the region. he'll be here in seoul on friday, and north korea's foreign ministry has mentioned that trip describing it "as a reactionary and dangerous one." carol? >> officials of yemen say high-value al qaeda targets are believed among the 65 militants killed there since saturday. the yemenis are performing autopsies on the dead to learn identities. cnn jim shuuto has more. >> reporter: yemenny officials are calling it massive and unprecedented killing three of 65 militants tied to the feared al qaeda in the arraignian
peninsula with more raids still underway. elite yemeni units on the ground backed by drones from the skies's two separate xrik stri targeted senior members of the yu area. >> counter terrorism cooperation with foreign partners. so i don't have more to share with you, but, of course, as i noted, we have a strong working relationship. >> reporter: terror analysts tell cnn an operation of this scope would be unlikely, without high-ranking terror leaders on the target list. believed to be among them, ibrahim al asiri. known for sdirni indesigning th underwear bomb and more recently, shoe bombs to get them past airport security. no identities of those >> they are the ones who create and inspire magazines. and inspired the boston bombers.
the fact that the administration is now going aggressively against these terrorists is a very positive sign, given the prior narrative that al qaeda's on the run and this is all over. >> reporter: the drone strikes come just a week after cnn aired this video, showing a large and bold gathering of aqap in broad daylight, near to where the current operations are under way. u.s. operations consider the group a growing threat. >> this is one al qaeda affiliate time and again interested, willing and able to try to strike the u.s. homeland. so some drone strikes may disrupt the group's ability to conduct attacks both in yemen and overseas. but if you don't control this territory, and right now, the yemeni government doesn't, nor does the u.s., the group will still pose a major, major threat. >> yemen's central government is weak and facing a real existential challenge from the
groups. many i've spoken to call this a good sign they have a commitment to kear out such a large anti-terror operation like this. but large operations also carry dangers. particularly civilian casualties. we know of at least three over the weekend from one drone strike. and in the past casualties like that have sparked real anger against the u.s. and the yemeni government. and they're a real danger going forward. jim sciutto, cnn, washington. still to come in the "cnn newsroom," president obama heads to asia reassure the allies there. but he's stopping along the way to show his commitment to some devastated americans. we'll talk about that next. ♪ to truck guys, the truck is everything. and when you put them in charge of making an unbeatable truck... ... good things happen. this is the ram 1500. the 2014 motor trend truck of the year
to leave the white house in a few minutes. he's scheduled on a week-long tour of asia. and reassuring allies in support in route to ieasia, the preside will make a stop in washington state to view the destruction of that massive landslide and talk to the victims. athena jones is there. good morning, athenia. >> reporter: good morning, this is a sat day that president obama is marking today in washington. it was three weeks ago today that the mudslide buried homes and killed people. the president is going to visit the area, talk with first responders and delivering remarks before heading off to asia in the four-country visit. it's his fifth visit to the region. you'll remember back in 2011 the white house announced the pivot to asia. the asia-pacific region. this trip is meant to reassure those countries that that focus is still on asia and the
pacific. the first stop will be to south korea. and malaysia and philippines, countries he was supposed to visit back in october but wasn't able do so because of the government shutdown. the biggest issues he's going to be talking about will be trade and security issues. ambassador susan rice said if they're able to complete this transpacific partnership, this big trade deal, it could boost u.s. exports by more than $123 billion yearly. so that's going to be a big issue. and as security. as heard in that report earlier south korea is raising warnings that north korea could possibly be preparing another nuclear test. so far, the white house isn't commenting on that. but that's just the sort of issues that are going to be talked about while the president visits that region. >> athena jones reporting live from the white house. thank you. checking other stories at 56 minutes past the hour. gunfire in a utah courtroom. a u.s. marshal shot a gang
defendant as he grabbed a gun and rushed the witness stand. he later died in a hospital. the witness had been testifying about his life as a gang member when the defendant tried to attack him. from australia's most famous natural landmark for a sightseeing spot for the duke and duchess of cambridge. william and kate are on tour there to new zealand and yes, they're stars wherever they go. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" starts now. good morning, i'm carol costello, thank you so much for joining us. a california boy's death defying feat is leaving those wondering why a 16-year-old boy scaled a six-foot high fence around the
perimeter of that airport. a security camera also captured the boy walking across the tarmac. no one noticed. the boy then climbed into the plane's wheel well. no one noticed. then he flew five hours to hawaii where finally someone spotted the boy. so wasn't wasn't anyone playing closer attention. >> it's my understanding we reviewed that footage after we were alerted to the situation sb. >> visitors at the san jose airport say the fence is the problem because it isn't high enough. >> pretty easy. just throw a jacket or some type of clothing over the barbed wire and hop on over. pretty easy. a kid can do it. >> and we are learning about the boy himself. at least a little more. we know the teenager left the santa clara home after a fight with his family. also, the family moved into the area about a year ago. they know the father was a taxi driver and now they never
noticed anything unusual. as for how the teen got into the plane's wheel well and managed to survive, cnn's gary tuchman shows us how he likely did it. >> reporter: this is southern california aviation airport in victorville in the desert where airlines all over the world bring their planes they're not using anymore. we're going to zmon trait to you how someone would get in the wheel well of an aircraft. this is a boeing 667 that used to be used. this is the door that's closed but there is a way to sneak into the wheel we can. someone who wanted to get in the wheel well would get in one of the two tires. you step on the bars right here. climb awe the way to the top right here. and this right here is when an opening would be to climb into the landing gear wheel well. once someone would climb through that hole. they would end up here. i'm going to show you what happens after they climb through the hole. they get in this area. this is the wheel well area. and we're told there's only
really one place to sit where you could possibly survive because when the wheels move in. the two huge wheels. they come right here. there's no room, except for right here if this spot. and this is where you would have to sit with your knees close to you. the wheel well would close with two tires right here. this is the only place you could possibly survive. there's nothing stupider in the world to do, but this is where you can do it. >> you can believe that. that's gary tuchman reporting. high altitude, low oxygen. a five-hour long flight. this teenager beat some incredible odds if it happened the way we all think it did. let's talk with our cnn aviation analyst and former department inspector general mary schiavo. mary, just looking at gary tuchman in that tiny little space. and then you have those giant tires, right that go into that space? >> right. >> it just seems impossible to
me. >> it did, to me, too. then on top of that the extreme cold at that high altitude. you know, 60 below zero. 40 to 60 below zero and no oxygen. and it does seem impossible to me. in fact, i doubted at first, i said, no, they must be referring to a cargo hole and not the wheel well. but indeed, the surveillance photo shows it was the wheel well. >> it's not the first time that someone has tried this but most people, frankly, are killed. >> that's right. the faa keeps track -- it's an odd think to keep track of -- well, actually, it's not, they should keep track of it because you should never, ever do it. and there is a violation of the law. there have been approximately 105 attempts, a little more than 80 were fatal. often what happens is, they're in there, and the gear comes up. but when the gear comes down they often fall out. there have been many situation where is that has tragically occurred. near, not only do you find the
only spot that you'd survive but managed to stay alive and stay in there when the gear came down for a landing. it's really quite amazing. >> let's talk about why no one noticed this kid doing that. we heard from a resident who lived around that airport who said the fence wasn't high enough. you could throw a banket over it and someone could easily climb over. >> yeah, that's a problem for the airport, especially after september 11th, 2001. although it was the law before september 2001, you do have to have a fence that's sufficient and approved by the faa. that's the catch there. it has to be sufficient to not interfere with the operations of the airport. and most fence, typical, with wires on the top. that's pretty typical. i find more troubling that they that they have the obligatory
cameras as you're supposed to have. but nobody watching them. so it does no good to have the closed circuit tv cameras if there's no one monitoring what's going on. and that is really, really wat's unacceptable. and fortunately, it exposes a hole that could be closed. >> i was just going to ask you, is it because they're not employing enough tsa agents? is it because they're just not trained properly? or should someone be fired for this? >> well, i think somebody probably should be fired. but they won't be. it never seems to work out that way. we saw the same thing, our firm litigated for 11 years, the events of 9/11 for families on the planes. and what we found is often they had the equipment and no one would pay attention. they would stare at the screen. and after about 15 minutes they would zone out. in fact, it's a very common phenomena. even if somebody was assigned to watch the screens. often they don't pay attention
or look elsewhere. or have some else to do. there are periods of boredom, so they wouldn't be expecting this. you have to have a sim where you cycle people on and off the screens and you have to rotates the jobs in security. fortunately, usually, security jobs are pretty mundane, they aren't real exciting but when they are, boy, you need them. >> you sure do. mary schiavo, thanks for your insight as always. >> thank you. >> you're welcome. a tropical cyclone is now the latest obstacle in the search for malaysia airlines flight 370. the storm has grounded planes and suspended the air search. today's search rests with the underwater drone, the bluefin 21. this would be its tenth mission and so far no trace of that missing plane. and it is now 46 days of searching for and for the families of those aboard this has all settled into kind of a cruel mon knotty. cnn's erin mclaughlin live in perth, australia, to tell us
more. hi, erin. >> reporter: hi, carol, as far as we know that tenth mission still underway no signs for the planes maybe fade for this portion of the search but they're already planning for phase two. no end in sight, as investigator, now only days away from completing the search in the targeted area. and still, no sign of flight 370. back in the water this morning, bluefin 21. after turning up empty, scouring two-thirds of the intended seabed so far. the search in the air drastically scaled back due to rain, poor visibility and heavy seas from tropical cyclone jack. the targeted area, six miles in radius, represents the best guess as to where the plane may be. if nothing is found, the search area may widen dramatically with more equipment. investigators say they're in the early stages of talks on
long-term search plans, as far out as july. on monday, chinese families of those on board flight 370 arrived at a beijing hotel, expecting a briefing with technical experts from malaysia. but that meeting was cancelled. the families turned away. >> even a small piece, they haven't found it. we doubt whether it's the right place or not. we just want to check it. >> as you heard there, some of the families questioning when the bluefin 21 is searching in the right place. they want more data. they want more information. they have two many lingering questions, carol. >> erin mclaughlin reporting live from perth, australia this morning. thank you. let's bring in our guest, rob mccallen analyst in seattle. and analyst michael kay a retired admiral with the british
military. welcome, gentlemen. >> welcome. >> the targeted areas, two-thirds search. the search in that area is just about over. no trace of the plane do you think it really crashed? are the black boxes down there? >> well -- >> i'll take this. >> i hope so. >> go ahead, robert. >> we certainly hope so. and, you know, any day could be the day. you know, the most important thing at the moment is not to rush. speed is no longer of the essence. more important is being accurate. being very thorough, being very precise. to be absolutely clear about what areas can be ruled out. and that we don't have to go back to. so they're doing the right thing, deploying every day, maintaining a high level of quality and driving right through towards the end. >> so, michael, you were going to say, you don't think that this means that those black boxes aren't in that particular area either, right? >> absolutely.
i think what we need to do, carol, we need to separate the above-surface search with the plethora of maritime assets used over the past days from the subsurface because they're very different. the airborne search has been operating at tempos and search tempos that are unsustainable. and they're unsustainable from an air group perspective in terms of the fatigue and the human factor side. and they're unsustainable from the engineering perspective. so the physicality, of having to service all of the aircraft that's been going for 47 days now. and that's unprecedented really in maritime searches. so i think what the air chief has to do he has to regroup and take a reset anyway, just for natural courses and engineering courses, before they then progress. we only have a specific amount of data. a certain amount of data that has led us to this part of the world. if we rewind back to day one when we were looking the that circle with a 2,500-mile radius
which gave us over 10 million square miles, i think we have to be encouraged by the fact that we've been load to this very specific and small part of the indian ocean. >> right. but the families, i'll ask you this question, rob, the families say that there must be some information out there that's not being shared to lead searchers to be so sure it's in that smaller area that michael was talking about. >> i'm not really one for conspiracy theories, but i think the data that we have got is all fairly consistent in getting us to this place. it is conceivable that there's a piece of evidence or clue if you like that has not been discovered yet. and that's why it's important to keep up that process of analyzing and reanalyzing and even sometimes bringing in a fresh set of eyes to analyze again the data that we do have. but i don't think there's any conspiracy theory here and i think we're in the right place. >> so, michael, what kind of
equipment, new equipment, might be beneficial to more effectively search in deep water? >> well, carol, you're sort of talking about the end result, if you like. where i would really like to go back to recorroborate and reanalyze the macrolevel data that we have from inmarsat, for example. or going back to the malaysians and really trying to get the malaysians to be open and honest about what information they have from when the aircraft last disappeared off radar in the south china sea all the way through what we think is its track from indonesia and banda aceh and itself. that to me is corroborating evidence to make sure we're looking in the right area in the first place. and once we have that, taking a fresh look at other contractors and other technologies out that might be able to siassist in th under water search. and i'd like to go back to the
macro data just to make sure and as you point out to the families to reassure that we're looking in the right area and that we can actually rule out this rhetoric in the north going to pakistan and so on. >> and michael, i think sometimes, a pair of fresh is you notice things that you don't know this before especially since the first were under so much pressure. >> go ahead, rob. >> that's particularly true for underwater data. when you receive sonar data, it comes as a waterfall display to the untrained eye. it looks like a black and white tv that's fizzing away. and you need somebody to go over that again because the analyst that's looking at it first is looking at it in ray hurry. you want to make sure somebody else takes a look at it in a more relaxed setting to make sure nothing is being missed. then you can rule that area out
and concentrate on the next one. >> rob mccallum, michael kay, thank you for your input. still up next, inside that sunky ferry boat in south korea. will ripley is there, hi, will? >> reporter: carol, here in south korea, they're holding on to a small sliver of hope even as we get more grim news from the search zone. what you wear to bed is your business. so, if you're sleeping in your contact lenses, ask about the air optix® contacts so breathable they're approved for up to 30 nights of continuous wear. ask your doctor about safety information as serious eye problems may occur. visit airoptix.com for a free one-month trial.
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found 21 bodies inside that capsized ferry. 181 remain missing. officials are calling their efforts of a search and rescue operation. cnn's will ripley is live in south korea to tell us more. hi, will. >> reporter: hi, carol. yes, it's officially a search and rescue operation and it will remain that way until more missions are accomplished. until there are conversations not only with people running the search and with the families of everybody on that ferry. everybody is careful to call this a search and rescue operation because there's still a theory out there there could be an air pocket somewhere in this ship. the reason they think that because the ship is basically 20 meters below the surface. the front is up higher than the back of the ship being supported by only a couple of beauty weise. some of the korean coast guard are saying even though they don't have proof, there could be
a pocket in there. they're sending divers in there. the third and fourth floor specifically, where they searched the lounge, they searched cabins and they have found more bodies even within the last couple of hours. the death toll has continued to rise. one area they haven't yet reached, carol, that cafeteria on the third floor. that's where they believe a number of young people at the time of this disaster many of them trapped in this room with the ship tilting making it difficult to escape. so there's hope but fear of what they'll find that in cafeteria. >> i understand two more crew members were arrested this morning. tell us more about that. >> yeah, i total of nine crew members now arrested, carol. and some of them were speaking to the press, trying to defend their actions. they were asked specifically why only a couple of lifeboats were deployed when there were so many more on the ferry. their explanation was simply the ship tilted too drastically making the other lifeboats
inoperatable. but when you know some of these grew members made it on to the two lifeboats back to shore when so many of the passengers did not there's so much anger out here stretching from the president of south korea, president park, very strong remarks from her. all the way down to the families who are just devastated, sitting here on shore as you said, completely heartbroken. >> will ripley reporting live from south korea. still to come in the "newsroom." words from joe biden, in essence, joe biden saying, we've got your back. we'll be back in a minute. drovem [ woman ] driverless mode engaged. find parking space. [ woman ] parking space found. [ male announcer ] ...that secured the data that directed the turbines that powered the farm that made the milk that went to the store that reminded the man to buy the milk
president joe biden repeating that pledge today during a meeting in kiev with top ukrainian officials. it comes after deadly shootings in the eastern part of that country which borders russia and where tensions have escalated in recent weeks. biden made his remarks in kiev. >> the united states stands with you and is workinging to support all ukrainians in seeking a better future. you will not walk this road alone. we will walk it with you. >> william taylor was a former u.s. ambassador to ukraine. he's now with the united states institute of peace. he joins me now. welcome. >> thank you. >> thank you so much for being here. and you just heard vice president biden. he supports ukraine. but the united states also supporting ukraine in its fight with crimea. and crimea is now part of russia. is it different this time? >> it is different. and first of all, crimea is not part of russia.
crimea is still part of ukraine, as far as the world is concerned. as far as russia's concerned that may be as you say. but it is different in that the sentiment in eastern ukraine, across ukraine is now moving away from support for russia. in crimea, yes. there's a lot of support for russia in that part of ukraine. but that is not the case. it's very different in eastern ukraine. >> so what might it look like if the world doesn't recognize crimea as part of russia? i mean, what would that look like? >> it would look a lot like parts of georgia. where the russians did the same thing in 2008. they moved in, occupied south and kaznia. we need to stop that and push back on mr. putin as he did the same thing in crimea that he did
on in georgia. >> those troops are still ama amassed in georgia. there's nothing about those troops. there is a continuing danger that russia will invade it at anytime? >> there absolutely is and that's why before geneva and after geneva, we need to do what the united states government said it was going to do, that is, put stronger sanctions on, harsher sanctions, harder sanctions on russian sector of the economy, as well as russian individuals to make it very clear that is this unacceptable. and they need to back off. and it will get worse if they continue to maintain those troops on the border. >> so should these things be done before the may 25th elections in ukraine? >> absolutely. they should be done today. just like last week, but we had
to give diplomacy a chance. it was fine. but they haven't changed the situation. russians are still on the border. and russians are still with 40,000 troops and still stirring up trouble. that needs to change, and until it does, we need to put on hard sanctions. >> so the united states and others aren't caring and around waving a big enough stick, in other words? >> that's correct. until there is some pain, some cost to mr. putin, for doing what he's been doing, starting in georgia and georgia in 2008. but now in crimea, and now in eastern ukraine, he's going to keep going. we need to indicate there's a limit. and he's at it. he's beyond the limit. >> former u.s. ambassador to ukraine william taylor. thanks so much for joining me this morning. i appreciate it. >> glad to be here. still to come in the "newsroom," a surprise ruling from the u.s. supreme court on affirmative action. we'll talk about that when we come back.
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constitutional law professor and jonathan turley, a law professor. welcome to both of you. first of all, jonathan, let's start with you. is this ruling a surprise with you in any way? >> it was actually not a surprise for me. we actually talked the case in my supreme court class. and the class predicted this outcome. it's a little surprising to see how heavy outweighed it was. 6-2 is quite a hefty ruling in favor of this law. and what it does, it really broadens the scope of some of the earlier rulings. and narrows the scope of some rulings who relied upon those who would like to see more affirmative action-type of plan. so what happened in this case, is that after the court ruled on the famous gratz and gruder case on affirmative action. the citizens basically voted to
ban race and ear criteria in the selection of students. that was challenged as type of a political bar to dealing with race issues and in schools. and what you have today is six justices saying that's not unconstitutional. that citizens in fact do have the right to do this. and it's going to open up the door, i think, to many states following suit. some have already done so but i expect many others will look at this same approach. >> several other states have bans right now. basically, gloria, what the u.s. premium court ruled that michigan had the right to change its state constitution and eliminate affirmative action. i found it interesting how justice anthony kennedy put it. he said voters chose to eliminate racial preferences because they deem them unwise." what did he mean by that? >> well, i'm not quite sure how
he's going to justify the majority rule on affirmative action and yet write the opinion in the cases involving marriage equality. and say, basically, because of a procedural issue, that they couldn't get to the issue of whether or not the proposition vote on by the people which would have banned same-sex marriage was constitutional. remember, that was thrown out for a procedural reason. so now we're in a situation which if the majority rules how is that going to affect any minute group, be those people of color, be those people of groups gay, or of any particular religious belief. it's opened pandora's box on the majority ruling on the rights of minorities in the state constitution. so the procedure to amend the state constitution is the issue.
the reason they want to accomplish amending that state constitution is the major controversy in this case, it's affirmative action in the future may be integral. >> jonathan, do you agree with that? >> well, i do think there's a distinction that can be drawn with same-sex marriage. i think the way that kennedy and others are viewing this is that the citizens said they didn't want immutable characteristics to be used in terms of the selection of students. and they view that as a neutral law. in the sense of making education available and the opportunities available for everyone. now, there are a lot of very good reasons why you can object to that. there are many, including people within the michigan educational system, that are saying that this is really going to gut the effort to get diversity in classes. but i do think that they can distinguish, from same-sex marriage. i do think, though, that the
supreme court has given opponents to the use of these criteria a very clear avenue to take the matter into their own hands. you know what i think is such a game-changer here is that in the past, all roads have led to the supreme court. the supreme court would make these decisions that were so controversial. this opinion is suggesting that voters actually can make this decision. that it is within their constitutional authority to say, we do not want immutable characteristic, whether race, or gender, or other issues, to be used in the selection of students for admission. >> interesting. so, gloria, i hear you, so that i can really see what you're talking about now. the voters could -- i don't know, they could vote down so many other things that they don't particularly like, right? which they do anyway? >> yes, if you think about any
minority groups. and i understand from the gruder case and issues from last year. we have a number of white women who are saying we should be in these particular positions and we're not aloud to be in these particular positions. but this is also the 50th anniversary of the 1954 vote, who was not just for people of color, but women. and it seems there's a conflict between the majority, 51% are women who are white. and these people of color, and we're all trying to squeeze through the same little crack in the opportunity door. and the supreme court is basically saying well, minority groups do have to step back. i think the people have the right, the majority rules, it could include any people. any -- as jonathan pointed out any discernible characteristic
that people believe should be not taken into account in deciding cool today and what it should be tomorrow. i think the concern is that the supreme court really uses that as last resort for people minority groups. it's interesting that it's a 6-2 decision. >> it is. we're going to thank this about much more. thank you for answering my inartful question so well. gloria browne marshall, jonathan turley. my thanks to both of you. i'll be right back. ♪ i know a thing about an ira ♪ and i got the tools ♪ to do it my way ♪ i got a lock on equities
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switch to comcast business internet and get two wifi networks included. comcast business built for business. this morning, two more crew members have been arrested in connection with that deadly ferry crash in south korea. in all, nine crew members including the captain are in police custody. and the search does continue for the nearly 200 people still missing. so far, divers have found more than 100 bodies, but as you can see, visibility under water is barely at arm's length. >> now, that the ship is lying
there on the bottom of the sea, you have all that sediment, so where the visibility was already challenging where the ship is floating, it's probably been reduced three times instead of two feet of visibility more like three to six inches of visibility. >> authorities stress this is still a search and rescue effort even though no survivors have been found since last week. actually, we're told divers are still holding out hope. they're determined to find a miracle. but it's dangerous for them, too. chad myers has more, too. good morning, chad. >> i've been on a lot of drift dives in my life. one to two knots. the water that runs through this channel is six to seven knots which is like six or seven miles an hour. if you get caught in that, that would be and undertoe. we would consider that a rip
current in america. they go on the lines, zbeet the ship and they search around literally with their hands. think about this, around the coast of korea, we have a knot current of about three knots. and that's great. but in this channel, it's like putting your thumb on the hose when you were a kid to help your dad wash the car. you put your thumb on the end of the hose and the water comes out a lot faster. that's what's happening here. this channel, this funneling effect is creating these dangerous rip currents. one way or the other. whether a slack tide or a high tide. the tides move up and down, carol, ten feet in one day. high/low, high/low, ten feet. it takes a lot of speed, a lot of water to get the tides to move that much. and that's what the divers are dealing with. it's 100 down or so. that's dark. they're doing this with flashlights. flashlights as you push them down and turn them on just
sparkle things back in your eye eyes. this is what the current looks like. this is right in the channel. there is truly nothing to hit here. we know this didn't hit here. that is an island certainly they missed but look at the eddies. how that swirling comes across when the flow of the water moves one way. and it turns around and moves the other way. we know it's a dangerous current for these divers, and they are putting themselves in danger trying to get to these young men and women in there. we certainly hope there's enough an air pocket for anybody to be found. it's getting late in that day. obviously, all the breathing taking out the oxygen. >> when that ferry crashed it was the third mate actually at the controls. where was the captain, it turnsous he was tucked away in his cabin. of course, that's not unusual for the captain to hand over controls at night. this particular waterway,
though, some say the captain should have always been in command. >> it's not unusual for the third mate to be by themselves. but usually not in a situation where there's a critical area where there's a lot of traffic. a lot of current. that's where you want to be as captain up there. just to make sure in case anything did go wrong you were had there to supervise it and oversee anything anything you may have. the captain may have violated korean law just because of proximity of the island and the channel they were navigating through. the captain is obliged to be at the bridge. and he wasn't. and there's a reason for his having to be there. and that is because of the relative narrowness of the channel. >> the captain of the south korean ferry is not the first to bail on his ship. but many captains have given their own lives to save others. randi kaye traces some of those me heroes. >> reporter: he is blamed to one
of the worst maritime disasters of all time. for some, captain smith is a hero. he had already turned in on the "titanic" when his crew told him they hid an iceberg. the "titanic" was on its maiden voyage when the ship starts to sink, captain smith gave an order put on your live preservers. >> they gave an order all passengers put on your live preservers. get up on the boat deck. >> reporter: captain smith ordered that women and children be evacuated first and helped save more than 700 people. he was on the bridge as the ship disappeared long among the 1500 people who perished. decades later in 1956, italian vessel the andrea droria began
to sink. and the captain tried to make sure all the passengers and crew were evacuated. 46 people died. he wanted to go down with the ship and pay for his mistakes but his officers talked him out of it. the captain was the last person off and never commanded another vessel again. the tale of another italian ship ended very differently. in 2012, when the "costa concordia" ran aground off the coast of italy. 32 people died, captain frances francesco schettino got off the ship. listen. [ speaking in italian ] >> reporter: captain execute tino is currently on trial. among the charges he's facing abandoning a ship with passengers still on board, manslaughter and causing
maritime disaster. we did some checking and found there isn't an international maritime law that says that captains should stay on the ship. many countries have their own law. it doesn't require that a captain stay on board but it does say the captain is responsible for the vessel and his passengers. that same treaty also says passengers should be allowed to evacuate within 30 minutes. remember, the sewol ferry took more than two hours to sink off south korea, but the passengers were told to stay in place. a warning that may prove to have cost hundreds of lives. randi kaye, cnn, new york. coming up in the "newsroom," growing fears north korea may be in the final stages of planning a nuclear test. why many experts are now sounding the alarm. [ female announcer ] crest presents: crest 3d white whitestrips vs. a whitening pen. i feel like my lips are going to, like, wash it off.
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new fears this morning, north korea may be ramping up its nuclear capabilities after south korea detected activity at one of its neighbors main testing sites. experts are keeping an eye on whether north korea is preparing an underground tunnel there. that could mean a nuclear test is imminent. this is news comes as president obama prepares for an overseas trip. cnn's paula hancocks is in seoul. >> reporter: carol, there's
stepped up activity at the site in north korea. this is where they carried out their previous underwater test in 2014. this is basically to the military, they basically told south korea, all they had to make is a political decision to carry out the zest. we understand they have to dig the entrance to this tunnel. and we're told that would not take very long. just last month, north korea said it may carry out a new kind of nuclear test if it was pushed to do so by the united states. now, experts say this new tao kind of nuclear test may be using uranium, or plutonium. and others say this may just maybe a bluff. president barack obama is head to get region he'll be here in seoul on friday. and north korea's ministry has
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you know it was coming. netflix prices were about to go up. the month says it plans to raise monthly subscriptions by one or two dollars by a few months. the netflix price hike will only affect new customers for now. let's bring in money analyst zain asher from the money exchanges. why is netflix doing this? >> all right. carol, netflix is saying they want to invest more into the new shows like orange is the new black. if you're curious about orange is the new black or house of cards you might want to do it sooner than later because the price hikes are coming in the next months. netflix says if you're an existing customer, you don't necessarily have to worry about price increases anytime soon. they're going to be stay the same for a generous period of time. but with the new price hikes,
even though it's only $1 to $2 a month, the question is, is it really worth it? that depends on who your internet service provider is. believe it or not, some providers are a lot faster in terms of living content. and netflix is not shy on calling companies out. for example, netflix says that cablevision optimum is number one for speed. comcast is actually number five. which is actually a major improvement because it jumped six places from january to march. basically because netflix agreed to pay more money for more high speed connection. netflix also singled out at&t fiber optics as being particularly slow. carol. >> zain asher, thanks so much. we appreciate it. thank you for joining me today. at this hour with -- starts
now -- >> how did he do it? he said he hopped a fence at the airport to get tie plane. how could a teen survive flying from california to hawaii in a jumbo jet's will well. it's an almost impossible position. divers swin 100 feet into the icy ocean off the coast of south korea. looking for survivors of that ferry disaster. and once they get there, they can hardly see a thing. and is it time to get back to the hunt for the robotics that has completely searched the underwater area and saw nothing. no trace of that missing jetliner. hello, everyone. great to see you today. i'm john berman. >> and i'm michaela pereira. it's 11:00 a.m. in the east. >> i'm 5:00 a.m. >> and that means somebody is 8:00 a.m. at least they are in the west. so much more at this