Plane Returns to LAX After Flying With Wrong Passenger for Hours, Airline Says

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LOS ANGELES -- Chrissy Teigen and other Tokyo-bound passengers ended up right where they started after eight hours of flying: Los Angeles.

The model and TV personality tweeted about surviving her "flight to nowhere" Tuesday night after All Nippon Airways Flight 175 made a sudden U-turn and headed back to Los Angeles.

The plane, which had 226 passengers aboard, turned around four hours into its flight to Tokyo "due to an administrative mix-up," an aviation source told CNN's Rene Marsh.

The crew believed an unauthorized passenger had boarded the flight and opted to return to Los Angeles even though the mix-up was resolved, according to the source.

ANA told CNN that the flight returned to Los Angeles as part of the airline's security procedure after someone boarded the wrong flight.

"The cabin crew notified the pilot that one of the passengers boarded the incorrect flight, and the pilot in command made the decision to return to the originating airport," the airline said in a statement.

An investigation is underway to determine how the passenger boarded the flight.

"We take great pride providing exemplary customer service, and on this flight, we failed to do so," it said.

The plane had left Los Angeles International Airport at 11:36 a.m. local time Tuesday and returned at 7:33 p.m., according to the airline.

'A flying first'

Teigen, who was aboard the flight with her husband, singer John Legend, tweeted the details of the ordeal as it unfolded.

"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," she tweeted. "Why ... why do we all gotta go back, I do not know."

As the flight to nowhere returned to Los Angeles, Teigen made her questions known.

"Why did we all get punished for this one person's mistake? Why not just land in Tokyo and send the other person back? How is this the better idea, you ask? We all have the same questions."

Teigen later tweeted that passengers were questioned after they returned to Los Angeles.

"They put our plane in a secure area. We can't be near the common folk," she said.

The model kept her sense of humor as she answered questions about the incident.

"I don't know why I'm not more upset about this," she tweeted. "The pleasure I get out of the story is worth more to me than a direct flight to Tokyo."

By early Wednesday, the model had sent a series of tweets about the incident to her 9.2 million followers. She later tweeted that she was taking off on another flight.


  • Fredric

    Nippon Airlines is Japanese. Statements from Japanese P. M. and others Show they feel they are culturally and intelligently superior. The rest is the world is dirt.

    Some brat model had an “ordeal?” What? Flying first class because some dumb bunny at the gate can’t do his/her job?

    Teigen and the left wing press who know nothing about flying or international law try to turn this into “My Struggle.” She was not being shot at in Harrisburg or Afghanistan.

    The Japanese owners of Nippon will fry this dumb bunny’s back pockets. No conspiracy here.

    The flight crew did their job. Nippon management dropped the ball. The problem is it took FOUR Hours for Nippon to start to correct the problem.

    Had there been a threat, there would have been no plane.

    • almost the news

      The story from Harrisburg is a liberal news media no-no trifecta: 1. Muslim involved in attack. 2. Police specifically targeted. 3. Firearm used for defense to stop bad guy. No way in h-e-double hockey sticks will that article be seen here.

  • Supporter of America

    Doesn’t make any sense that the airline would inconvenience all of the other passengers to return one passenger. Especially if that person did not pose a safety threat, but maybe it has more to do with passports and that sort of thing? Either way, someone was not paying attention and the airline should have caught it sooner; like when they are supposed to be checking tickets.

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