Woman slips past airport security and flies 2,858 km without a ticket

By TravelWiseFeb 28, 2024 08:20 AMNews
Woman slips past airport security and flies 2,858 km without a ticket
A woman in the United States boarded a flight without an ID or boarding pass and made it to Los Angeles. Source: Freepik

In fact, she was able to get from Nashville to Los Angeles LAX airport - a distance of 2,858 km - without an ID or boarding pass. All she had to do was jump over a couple of barriers.

Although, to be fair, she was arrested shortly afterward. According to the Transportation Security Administration, the passenger jumped a barrier in a deserted area of the TSA checkpoint at Nashville International Airport, the Metro website reports.

Normally, passengers are required to show their ID and boarding pass at this checkpoint, but this passenger obviously didn't play by the rules. Nevertheless, she was checked by security before boarding the plane. Her evasion was discovered at some point during the five-hour flight, where she was arrested and interrogated.

A British man who flew from London to New York without a passport was re-arrested after he went missing on his return.

The 46-year-old man from Slough went through various security checkpoints and passport control at Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport without presenting any documents. It is believed that Craig Sturt managed to do this by tailgating a passenger in front of him while going through security.

His older brother, Lee Smith, told The Sun: "I don't know how Craig managed to bypass security at the UK's largest airport and fly to America without a passport or ticket. It's just ridiculous that this could happen. If Craig, who has a troubled past, could get past security, then presumably anyone else with sinister motives could do the same."

However, in a statement, the Transportation Security Administration said: "TSA is reviewing the circumstances of this case, but can confirm that the traveler in question was physically screened along with his carry-on bag without incident at a security checkpoint at Nashville International Airport on February 7 prior to boarding his flight. TSA and its airline partners are cooperating with law enforcement in the ongoing investigation."

Meanwhile, an American Airlines spokesperson said in an email to the New York Post: "On February 7, American Airlines Flight 1393 was met by law enforcement officials upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Safety and security are our highest priorities, and we are assisting law enforcement with their investigation."

Although the FBI has taken the woman into custody and questioned her, she has not yet been charged. We all know the saying that you should catch flights, not feelings, but apparently some people take this mantra too far.

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