Delta flight DL1516 from Orlando to Atlanta was delayed nearly three hours on Saturday when a woman with no ID or boarding pass went through TSA and boarded the flight.
The extra passenger on board the Boeing 757 was identified when she was found sitting in another passenger’s seat and refused to move.
A flight attendant sought help from the cockpit. Crew asked for a boarding pass, but the woman said “she threw it away after she got on the plane.” They asked for her ID and she “showed them a photo of herself on her phone.”
The ID-less unticketed passenger was removed from the aircraft by police. The plane pushed back and then “stopped on the tarmac for around an hour before returning” to the gate. The flight was waiting while bueraucrats decided how to handle their mistake. The TSA required everyone to come back and get rescreened.
Here are the confused TSA agents trying to figure out how they were outsmarted.
NEW TONIGHT – We’re working to get answers after a woman somehow got onto a flight at Orlando International Airport with no boarding pass, no ID. A passenger sent me this video of the scene afterward @fox35orlando pic.twitter.com/XNfNw6TRdm
— Samantha Sosa (@SamanthaSosa_) October 6, 2019
And video the deplaned passengers waiting to be rescreened.
BREAKING: @Delta confirms an unticketed passenger made it on a plane from @MCO to ATL. This is video of the deplaned passengers who had to be searched, along with their bags, when officials realized the breach. One passenger says it took 45 min to get the woman off the plane. pic.twitter.com/NVwxalJQTG
— Deanna Allbrittin (@deannaTVnews) October 5, 2019
According to Delta,
Delta apologizes to customers of flight 1516 for the delay after a person not ticketed for that flight was removed from the aircraft. Security officials then directed precautionary rescreen[s] of everyone onboard. Delta is working with local law enforcement and the Transportation Security Administration on their investigation, and we are conducting our own review of this as well.