Stowaway Law and Legal Definition

A stowaway is an alien who comes to the U.S. secretly on an aircraft, bus, train or ship without legal admission. Stowaways are denied formal admission and are returned to the embarkation point by a transportation carrier.

An example of a federal statute defining stowaway is as follows:

Stowaway is defined as “any alien who obtains transportation without the consent of the owner, charterer, master or person in command of any vessel or aircraft through concealment aboard such vessel or aircraft. A passenger who boards with a valid ticket is not to be considered a stowaway.” (8 USCS § 1101)