Delta passenger boarded flight using photo of another ticket

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By journalsofus.com


A Texas man was arrested in Salt Lake City on Sunday after he boarded a Delta Airlines flight without a ticket by using a photo of another passenger’s boarding pass taken while they were away, according to court documents. Wasn’t looking.

The man, Wycliffe Yves Fleurizard, 26, has been charged with one count of felony theft on ships or aircraft, according to a complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Utah. He was being held at the Salt Lake County Metro Jail, according to the Salt Lake City Police Department.

According to the federal complaint, after boarding a Delta flight bound for Austin, Texas, on Sunday, Mr. Fleuriard went to the toilet at the front of the plane, and remained there until the flight was fully boarded and the doors closed. Didn’t become safe.

According to court records, Mr. Fleurizard then went to the back of the plane, and he went to a toilet there. Court records show that when he came out, a flight attendant noticed that there were no open seats as the plane was about to take off on the runway.

The complaint says the flight attendant asked Mr. Fleurizard where his seat was, and he said it was 21F, which was already taken. According to the complaint, when flight attendants did not find Mr. Fleurizard on his manifest, they realized he was not authorized to board the flight, and the plane returned to the gate.

According to the complaint, Mr. Fleurizard told police he was on a snowboarding trip in Park City, Utah and needed to get home to visit his family. He said he was given a Southwest Airlines “Buddy Pass” by a friend, the complaint said.

According to court documents, Mr. Fleurizard told police that he had tried to board a Southwest flight at 3 p.m. on Saturday, but the flight was full. He then tried to fly home on a 6 a.m. Southwest flight Sunday, but that flight was also full, according to court documents.

The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that Mr. Fleuriard was screened through security at Salt Lake City International Airport on Sunday without any problems using a photo ID and boarding pass.

According to the complaint, surveillance footage from Sunday showed that Mr. Fleurizard was taking phone photos of several passengers in the Delta Air Lines boarding area while they were not looking. The footage showed Mr. Fleurizard using his phone to board a Delta flight.

“Mr. Fleurizard admitted that he made a mistake and was only trying to get home,” the complaint states.

The FBI said Wednesday it was investigating the incident, but declined to provide any additional details.

No attorney for Mr. Fleurizard was listed in court records as of Wednesday afternoon.

Delta Air Lines said in a statement Sunday that it is “cooperating with law enforcement and relevant federal agencies in connection with the investigation of an unticketed individual.”

Similar cases have been reported in the past few months in which passengers have boarded flights without tickets in the United States and abroad.

In February, a woman boarded a flight in Nashville and flew to Los Angeles without a ticket. In November, a man got through security at Copenhagen Airport in Denmark and flew to Los Angeles International Airport with only Russian and Israeli identification cards in his bag.

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