Tokyo-bound flight diverted back to LAX after ‘unauthorized person’ discovered on plane


There was a scare in the skies Tuesday evening when an All Nippon Airways flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo on was forced to return to LAX after an “unauthorized person” was found aboard, angering passengers who were four hours into an 11-hour flight.

According to KABC-TV, the ANA 175 flight to Tokyo’s Narita Airport had to return back to Los Angeles International Airport due to a “mix up and was straightened up,” LAX Airport police said.

Model Chrissy Teigen was apparently aboard the flight and took to social media to vent her frustration with the bizarre incident.

“A flying first for me: 4 hours into an 11 hour flight and we are turning around because we have a passenger who isn’t supposed to be on this plane. Why…why do we all gotta go back, I do not know,” Teigen said in a tweet.

The airline, All Nippon Airways, issued an apology early Wednesday for the inconvenience. They said they were investigating how the passenger boarded the wrong flight.

The statement read: During the flight, the cabin crew became aware that one of the passengers boarded the incorrect flight and notified the pilot. As part of the airline’s security procedure, the pilot in command decided to return to the originating airport, where the passenger was disembarked. ANA is researching the situation currently to determine how the passenger boarded the flight. ANA would like to express its apologies to the passengers for the inconvenience. We take great pride providing exemplary customer service, and on this flight we failed to do so. 

The flight was re-boarded overnight and was on its way to Tokyo Wednesday morning.

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