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Really, TSA? Nigerian Man Flies to LA with at Least 10 Boarding Passes That Weren’t His

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By HVnews on June 30, 2011

We bet the 95-year-old woman who underwent extensive pat downs by the TSA won’t be to happy to hear this.

A Nigerian man flew from New York to Los Angeles without a valid passport or identification and an expired plane ticket last week, according to CBS New York. Making matters worse, the man was carrying at least 10 different boarding passes, none of which were in his name.

After successfully making his way through security at New York’s JFK airport and onto the plane, a flight attendant noticed Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi was occupying a vacant seat on Virgin America’s Flight 415.

When questioned, Noibi showed the attendant the expired boarding pass that was in someone else’s name and a University of Michigan identification card with his picture on it.

The man whose boarding pass it was said it went missing on his way to the airport the day of the flight. Noibi used it the next day.

Surprisingly, Noibi was allowed to leave the LAX airport once the plane landed in Los Angeles and didn’t face any trouble until he tried to board yet another flight to Atlanta days later. At that point, he was searched, and officials found 10 expired boarding passes on him.

The LA Times has more on the story:

“I searched his two bags, which contained over 10 boarding passes in various individuals’ names,” FBI Special Agent Kevin R. Hogg wrote in an affidavit filed in connection with the case.

Officials are not alleging that Noibi was involved in any crime other than being a stowaway, which can be charged as a felony carrying a prison term of up to five years, according to the affidavit.

The FBI became involved on the morning of June 25, when it “received information from a dispatch operator at the Los Angeles Department of Airports Police and the captain of Virgin America Flight 415,” Hogg wrote.

The Transportation Security Administration issued the following statement:

“Every passenger that passes through security checkpoints is subject to many layers of security including thorough physical screening at the checkpoint. TSA’s review of this matter indicates that the passenger went through screening. It is important to note that this passenger was subject to the same physical screening at the checkpoint as other passengers. TSA cannot comment further on the specifics of the case given the ongoing FBI investigation.”

So why is it that old woman and little kids are getting the Security Theater Treatment and a Nigerian stowaway can be, as Southwest pits it, free to move around the country?

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