(CBS News) A Nigerian man is in FBI custody in Los Angeles after flying from New York's JFK Airport to Los Angeles International Airport without a valid boarding pass and matching identification - the latest episode that highlights holes in U.S. airport security.
The incident happened last Friday but the man, identified as Olajide Noibi, was initially released after being questioned by authorities. He was arrested Wednesday when FBI agents found Noibi trying to board another flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta - again with an invalid boarding pass. FBI officials said a search of his bag uncovered more than 10 other boarding passes in various names that were not his.
Noibi has been charged with being a stowaway on Virgin America flight 415 but he is not being charged under any terrorism or homeland security laws, sources told CBS News.
He apparently told investigators that he found an unused boarding pass and managed to sneak aboard the airliner. FBI officials said the boarding pass, carrying a different name, was also a day old, having been issued for a Virgin flight that flew Thursday from New York to Los Angeles.
TSA agents at airport checkpoints are required to match boarding passes with passenger IDs, like driver's licenses. That apparently didn't happen in this case and TSA officials are investigating to find out how the lapse occurred.
After the flight was airborne, the crew counted one extra passenger. They located and questioned Noibi and discovered the bogus boarding pass, sources said.
TSA officials said Noibi never presented a threat to Virgin America 415. While he boarded the flight with an invalid pass, he still went through passenger screening designed to find weapons and explosives.
Law enforcement sources told CBS News there is no indication Noibi is connected to any terror group or plot. But the investigation is in its early stages and officials concede the security breach is the latest proof that the screening system still has holes.Answer Question
Answer by AF4life at 10:59 AM on Jun. 30, 2011
Tax dollars at work!! Violate all the innocents and let the bad guys through. TSA needs to go away and personal rights should be restored.
Answer by amazinggrace83 at 11:06 AM on Jun. 30, 2011
Answer by UpSheRises at 11:32 AM on Jun. 30, 2011
Answer by Sisteract at 11:33 AM on Jun. 30, 2011
Thank goodness they were busy detaining a terminal 95 year old woman in a diaper and a wheelchair. I feel so much safer. *sarcasm*
How many terrorists have the TSA stopped to date? Oh, I know this guy isn't supposedly on the terror watch list, but common sense tells us that he is up to no good. Perhaps his name should be on the list? Common sense tells us that it's not normal to have boarding passes in other people's names in a bag while trying to use them with a non-matching ID.
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