Alleged airline stowaway in US had cleared security

WASHINGTON  (Reuters Life!) – A man charged with  stowing away on a flight from New York to Los Angeles last  Friday cleared airport security screening, the Transportation  Security Administration confirmed yesterday.

“Every passenger that passes through security checkpoints  is subject to many layers of security including thorough  physical screening at the checkpoint,” said TSA spokesperson  Greg Soule in a statement.

“TSA’s review of this matter indicates that the passenger  went through screening.”

Olajide Olewaseun Noibi was taken into custody in Los  Angeles after trying to board another flight with an  illegitimate boarding pass on Wednesday, authorities said.

An FBI spokeswoman in Los Angeles confirmed Noibi is a dual  citizen of the United States and Nigeria and that he was born  in the United States.

On Friday he had stowed away on a Virgin America flight  from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Los  Angeles, according to an FBI affidavit.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer and an FBI  agent were present at Los Angeles International Airport when  Noibi attempted to board a Delta Airlines Flight to Atlanta on  Wednesday morning.

A Delta agent refused Noibi’s boarding pass multiple times,  saying the ticket was from the day prior, according to the  FBI.

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