When you fly domestically in the US, TSA might or might not grope you, but they are supposed to look at your boarding pass and ID as you get into the security line. That’s a pre-grope requirement. So how did this happen?
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.
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 him a University of Michigan identification card with his picture on it.
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.
This incident didn’t even get the man arrested. He finally got picked up when he went to LAX a few days later and tried using another expired boarding pass to get on a flight to Atlanta. Turns out, he had 10 other expired boarding passes with him.
TSA isn’t the only entity at fault here, since the airlines typically scan boarding passes with a computer to assure the pass is valid before you board, but TSA definitely shares the blame on this. Once the man tried boarding with an expired pass, he should have been picked up in the security line — the pass was in another person’s name from the student ID. Why wasn’t he picked up then? Why wasn’t he arrested at LAX when that plane landed? And how is he getting ahold of so many boarding passes? TSA, we need some answers.