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US man fined for shipping himself
Charles D McKinley
McKinley said he was homesick
A man who shipped himself in an airline crate half-way across the United States has been fined $1,500 and sentenced to four months' house arrest.

A federal court in Texas, also put shipping clerk Charles McKinley, 25, on probation for a year.

In September last year, McKinley sent himself in a cargo crate from Newark airport in New Jersey to Dallas/Forth Worth in Texas, to visit his parents.

He said he had resorted to this because he had no money and was homesick.

The shipping documents said the crate contained a computer, a monitor and clothes, according to prosecutors. It was sent without insurance.


The judge told McKinley he could have died.

"I don't like what you did. It was wrong and very stupid," he said.

"But I'm glad you are standing here this morning, rather than have met a fate much worse by the stupidity of your actions."

He was taken out when the delivery man who dropped off the crate at McKinley's parents noticed it had started to rattle.

The $1,500 is more expensive than many airlines charge for a first class ticket from New York to Dallas.

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