(plural: ‘stowaways‘; for the right pronunciation of this word, please click here)
a person who gets on a ship, plane or other vehicle without having proper or valid documents and without paying money/fare and travels hiding somewhere on the vehicle,
When security officials catch a stowaway, they are not usually happy as catching a stowaway is one thing but keeping him/her safe until they present him/her in a court of law is entirely another thing because of the legal risks involved.
It’s surprising to learn how many stowaways on ships, plane and trains are caught taking a free ride every day, and even more surprising is that most of those stowaways are illegal immigrants who risk their lives to stow away from their countries to enter the countries they think they can live in comfort.
The railroad/railway authorities got very much worried about their security system when they found out that there were more number of stowaways than the genuine passengers on their trains, including super fast trains!