4 Hours Into Flight, Plane Does a U-Turn

Unauthorized passenger was supposed to be on different flight
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 27, 2017 2:01 AM CST
Tokyo-Bound Flight Does U-Turn to LAX
All Nippon Airways (ANA) passenger planes park at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.   (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

A plane heading from Los Angeles to Tokyo turned back because an unauthorized person was on board. All Nippon Airways Flight 175 left Los Angeles International Airport around 11:30am Tuesday, but it never arrived at Tokyo's Narita International Airport, KABC reports. Model Chrissy Teigen, who was on the plane with husband John Legend, tweeted that the flight made a U-turn about four hours into the 11-hour flight. Teigen says passengers were told that someone had managed to board the ANA flight with a United Airlines ticket.

The plane landed at LAX around 7:30pm after eight hours in the air. Teigen says police interviewed passengers who were sitting near the person. "They keep saying the person had a United ticket. We are on ANA. So basically the boarding pass scanner is just a beedoop machine that makes beedoop noises that register to nowhere," Teigen tweeted. She added: "Why did we all get punished for this one person’s mistake? Why not just land in Tokyo and send the other person back?" Airport police tell KABC that there was a "mix-up" that's been resolved, and the flight has been rescheduled to depart Wednesday.

(More All Nippon Airways stories.)

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