MIAMI (CBSMimai) – A man is in custody after he arrived at Miami International Airport stowed away in the belly of the plane from Havana.

This happened on a Swift Airlines flight that landed at MIA around midnight. A ramp agent spotted the 26-year-old man while offloading baggage. He was detained untilU.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrived.

A couple, also from Cuba, who arrived at MIA said they were not all that surprised and were sympathetic.

“Cuba? Anybody can be paid off that’s what I think,” said Aurora Pumarievo.

“There’s no wet, foot dry foot. He’s desperate enough to try to do that, I came from Cuba in 1961 so I know what that means, I feel for him but I don’t know what’s gonna happen to him,” said Evelio Pumarievo.

This man was taken into custody after he stowed away on a flight from Cuba. (Courtesy: Alex Gonzalez)

The man was refused entry and was processed as a stowaway.

In a statement, Customs and Border Protection said, “CBP officers remain vigilant to arrest persons trying to elude detection in violation of federal law.”

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