Stowaways in the Crate

 In 1965, Brian Robson and two friends did an extremely risky thing: he asked two friends to nail him into a crate, put him on a plane, and transport him to the other side of the earth. It is a pity that there was no e-mail or any social media in that era, and he subsequently lost contact with his two friends.
  Now, half a century later, Robson is nearly eighty years old. He wanted to know what happened to the two friends who helped him fly from Australia to London when he was 19 years old.

  ”90% of stowaways will die on the way.”

  Experts emphasized that low-oxygen environments and extreme temperatures are very dangerous, and Robson was “lucky” to survive. Aviation consultants chief executive Ross Emer said: “90% of stowaways will die on the way.” Moreover, cargo planes are particularly dangerous because the crew will not pay attention to the situation in the cargo hold.
  Robson also admitted that smuggling was a bad decision. He said: “But a 19-year-old kid is too stupid.”
| Homesickness |

  In 1964, 18-year-old Robson left Cardiff, Wales, and flew to Melbourne, Australia, to work as a ticket inspector for the Victorian Railways.
  Before setting off, he felt it was like an adventure. But before long, he was disappointed. Not only is his job boring and he can’t make friends, but even Australia is a country called him unlovable. So he soon began planning to escape.
  However, since his travel expenses are all sponsored by the Australian government, in addition to his out-of-pocket expenses, he must also repay the cost of flying to Australia. Robson said that at the time he could only earn about 30 pounds a month, and a one-way ticket would cost 300 to 400 pounds. “I do the math, I have to eat or drink for two full years to save this money. But the point is, I have to live!” He said, “So I can only think of other ways.”
  That time, he Decided to smuggle by boat, but ended up in a 12-week prison.
  Three months of imprisonment and the arrival of his 19th birthday did not reduce Robson’s resentment towards Australia. He said that the inspiration for “posting” himself came from an advertisement for a moving company. Robson recalled: “The billboard was huge, and it said they could transport everything, anywhere. So I thought, maybe they could transport me away.”
| “Express” rerouted midway |

  At that time, Robson had already made two good friends from Ireland, his colleagues in the Victoria Railway Bureau. It took him a lot of effort to persuade them to agree to his plan. “At first, both of them thought I was crazy. I grind them for almost a week before letting them nod their heads.”
  Then Robson found a builder and bought the crates for smuggling— A large box measuring 96 cm in length, 66 cm in width and 76 cm in height. Then he booked a freight ticket from Melbourne to Sydney and finally to London.

Robson’s Crate

  After discussion, the two friends decided to make Robson pretend to be a large computer, because this kind of goods is usually more expensive and needs to be handled with care-porters should pay special attention to the label on the box with “this side up” . In this way, after working in Australia for about 11 months, Robson climbed into the crate and brought a few belongings: a hammer, a small suitcase, a pillow, a bottle of water, a flashlight, a This album of Beatles songs, there is also an empty bottle “just in case”. Robson didn’t bring any food. He said, “I’ve been in the box for five days. If you have to go to the toilet during that time, it’s too bad.” They reinforced the crate and used it again. A noose secures Robson’s body. One side of the box was nailed by Robson from the inside. He said, “I will pull the nails out as soon as I get to London.”
  Before leaving, two friends confirmed to him again and again and asked him if he really wanted to be in a slat. Travel tens of thousands of kilometers in the box. “It’s too late to change my mind now!” He remembered answering like this at the time. About ten minutes later, a truck arrived and pulled the crate to the airport.
  If everything goes according to plan, he will be free after 36 hours. In his words, as long as the crate is unloaded from the plane, he can open the crate with a hammer and run home in the dark. Robson said: “The security work at London Airport was not strict at all. I just wanted to go back to the UK and hide among the 17 million residents. No one would know what I did.”
  As a result, 36 hours later, he Still in the crate. In fact, after only two hours, he felt uncomfortable all over-the porter in Sydney put the box upside down, so Robson was forced to maintain an upside-down position for 23 hours after that. After finally getting to the midway transfer, he could finally “stand upright” again. Unexpectedly, the plane did not fly to London, but diverted to Los Angeles.
  The originally scheduled Qantas Airways transferred his box to a Pan Am plane because the cargo compartment was too full, detoured to Los Angeles, and then flew to the UK, which was much slower than the original voyage.
  To make matters worse, the cargo hold he was in was not heated. As the flight time increased, his condition got worse and worse. “I feel difficult to breathe. My elbows and knees also started to hurt. Gradually, every joint of my body hurts terribly, especially the ankle, which was very swollen.” Robson recalled, “During that time, I have been in a groggy state, having many strange dreams, and I can’t tell which ones are dreams and which ones are real.” In the end, he didn’t even have the strength to use a hammer.
  Robson thought he would die halfway at the time. He said: “I can only wait for death slowly.”

Airport staff demonstrated Robson’s posture when he was found.

Robson received rehabilitation in a hospital in Los Angeles.

Robson eventually returned to England.
|”He is still alive!”|

  Fortunately, three days later, he heard someone talking about the light emitted from the “computer” box—sometimes, Robson accidentally dropped it in the box with a flashlight—a man put his eyes closer. A hole in the box, then shouted and jumped aside.
  About 30 minutes later, a group of people gathered around. Robson recalled that he looked at a man from the gap in the box and heard him yell in an American accent: “It’s not a corpse, he’s still alive!” In this way, he was discovered. At that time, his two legs froze and he couldn’t even take a step. He said: “My body is not at all dictated.”
  For the next few days, he waited for physical recovery in a hospital in Los Angeles. Robson said that he did not have any sequelae, but in the following years, he often had nightmares related to crates.
  ”A diverting trip to Los Angeles might have saved his life,” said Irene King, former CEO of the New Zealand Aviation Industry Association. Nowadays, goods have to undergo a comprehensive inspection, and no one can successfully smuggle in this way. “The hidden box will definitely trigger an alarm.”
  Several Australian lawmakers filed a lawsuit against Robson, one of whom also called him an “obviously useless young man.” According to a Reuters report at the time, after confirming his British nationality, the US authorities dropped the charges against him for illegal entry. After American officials determined that he did not pose a threat, Pan Am sent him back to the UK for free.
  ”Airlines can actually send Mr. Robson back to Australia, but unfortunately there are no flights to there today.” The New York Times reported, “But there happened to be an empty seat on the flight to the UK.”
  Recalling this All in all, Robson couldn’t believe his idiot behavior. He said: “It’s stupid to death. If my children dare to do this, I have to beat them to death.”
  Now, he just wants to see the two Irish friends.
  ”If I can see you again, I want to say’I’m sorry’ to them, and I’m sorry to involve them in my stupid things. I also want to tell them that after returning to China, I miss them very much.” Robson said, “I really want to invite them. Have a drink.”

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