TSA agents must have been preoccupied with invasive patdowns on babies and grandmas rather than verifying names on boarding passes in New York earlier today.
A Nigerian man flew from New York to Los Angeles using an expired boarding pass that belonged to someone else, media outlets reported Thursday morning. Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi reportedly boarded Virgin American Flight 415 at New York's JFK International Airport bound for Los Angeles on Friday.
Noibi apparently went through and cleared the physical screening process, but no one caught the invalid travel documents.
It wasn't until after the flight took off that attendants realized an extra passenger was on board, officials said. During the flight, crew members asked Noibi for his boarding pass and, after hesitating, he handed over a boarding pass from the day before, KTLA quotes FBI officials as confirming. That boarding pass had another person's name on it.
Noibi allegedly told the crew that the pass was outdated because he had missed that flight a day earlier.
The man whose name was on the boarding pass later told FBI officials that the document had disappeared from his back pocket when he arrived at JFK International Airport on June 23. (implying the boarding pass was stolen)
A search of Noibi's bags at LAX turned up more than 10 boarding passes with various individuals' names, none of which were his own, FBI officials said.
FLASHBACK: The entire reason why we have naked body scanners at the airport is because of underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who was from Nigeria.
Once again, the competency of the flight crew prevailed and the TSA failed.
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