Authorities investigate how a woman made it onto a delta flight without a boarding pass or photo ID – and then escorted out of the plane.
The woman boarded the 1516 flight in Atlanta at Orlando International Airport Saturday morning. According to a police report, she was sitting in another passenger seat. Jenni Clemons, a fellow passenger on the flight, told ABC News that she had been mistakenly assigned a wrong seat.
"She just said, 'I'm not moving," Clemons told ABC. "And she never let go of her from the back of the seat, even though all the authorities talked to her."
When employees of the airline asked for the woman's boarding pass, she claimed she had thrown her away, police report said.
The Transport Safety Authority confirmed that the woman was checking at a checkpoint, but a spokeswoman did not answer any questions as to whether she was presenting a passport or boarding pass at that time.
The unkicked passenger was eventually removed from the plane, according to the Orlando (Florida) Police Department report. When she was free, officials asked her to present a passport and boarding pass.
"I told her we could not help her if she could not show her ID or a boarding pass," the report said. An officer told the woman to leave the gate. At this point, they took her out of the area and she climbed into an elevator to reach a shuttle, the report said.
Meanwhile, security guards have all gotten off the plane and carried out a new security check. When they all went back on board, according to Delta, the flight had been delayed by three hours.
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The carrier would not discuss details of the investigation. In a statement, the TSA also said it cooperates with law enforcement officers and will not release any further information.
Jeff Price, an aerospace professor at Denver Metropolitan State University, said that despite the findings, the woman was not much at risk as she was already investigated by TSA.
"To a certain extent, the system worked because, as part of the verification process, it had to figure out how many people had boarded the plane and this should be checked against the number of people should get on the plane and make sure These numbers add up before the plane takes off, "said Price, who has written on aviation security. "Of course, it would have been a much bigger risk if it had not been screened."
He expects the TSA to investigate its own review and the airline is investigating its process to see how the woman has managed to board a plane without an airplane. He said that the feat "unfortunately is not as difficult as it seems, because once the ticket agent is busy, they sometimes do not notice it".
A Delta spokesman called the incident "incredibly rare."
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