Authorities Investigate Security Breach At JFK After Man Flies To Los Angeles Without Ticket Or IDNEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Authorities are looking into a shocking security breach that took place at John F. Kennedy International Airport last week.
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Investigators say Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi, a Nigerian, boarded Virgin America Flight 415 to Los Angeles without a valid passport or identification, using an expired boarding pass for a flight the day before that belonged to someone else.
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Officials say Noibi got through security and was able to board the plane. No one noticed until the flight was airborne when a flight attendant realized Noibi was sitting in a seat that was supposed to be vacant.
He showed the attendant the expired boarding pass that was in someone else’s name and then showed a University of Michigan identification card with his picture on it.
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Investigators say the boarding pass belonged to a man who said his boarding pass went missing from his pocket on his way to the airport on June 23.
Investigators say Noibi used that pass to board the plane the next day.
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Noibi was allowed to get off the plane when it landed in Los Angeles.
Days later, investigators say he went back to LAX and tried to board a Delta flight to Atlanta.
This time, he was searched and airport officials found 10 expired boarding passes in his bag , none of them in his name.
“Every passenger that passes through security checkpoints is subject to many layers of security including thorough physical screening at the checkpoint,” Transportation Security Administration spokesman Greg Soule said. “TSA’s review of this matter indicates that the passenger went through screening.”
Noibi was taken into custody and has been charged with being a stowaway but not under any terror or security laws. He faces a federal court hearing Saturday.
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