Photo Credit: Barry Williams/Getty Images
Security Breach: Mystery Woman Gets On Plane With No Ticket, I.D. Sparks Emergency Evacuation
Delta Airlines officials are apologizing for giving passengers aboard an Atlanta bound flight quite the scare for a security breach that allowed a woman to get on the plane with no ticket and no identification.
The woman, who claimed to be from Atlanta, was escorted off the plane by Delta crew members after she stated that she did not have valid identification and had thrown her ticket away. She was flagged after sitting in another person’s seat and refusing to move, according to local television station WSBTV.
The incident occurred Saturday afternoon on Flight 1516, which was scheduled to travel from Orlando, Florida, to Atlanta, Georgia. Passengers were delayed several hours as a result of the security breach.
A Scary Moment For Passengers
It took crewmembers at least 45 minutes to get the unidentified woman off the plane, according to passengers.
“She just said very bluntly, ‘I’m not moving,'” the ticketed passenger whose seat was being taken by the woman in question stated.
When the flight attendant asked for the woman’s boarding pass and identification, the woman couldn’t provide them.
“She just kept saying, ‘I don’t drive. My I.D. is home in Atlanta,’ and ‘I don’t have an I.D. to show you,'” the ticketed passenger stated. “They kept asking for her boarding pass, and she kept saying, ‘I threw it out.’ Well, where did you throw it out? Because we’ve checked the garbage cans, and they’re empty.”
Once the unidentified woman was removed, the plane made its way to the runway where it came to a halt.
“We turned around and got off the airplane. Armed agents showed up with K-9 units and they swept the plane,” the passenger said to WSBTV.
Security officials checked every passenger and their luggage before reboarding.
Delta issued the following apology to passengers in a statement:
Delta apologizes to customers of flight 1516 for the delay after a person not ticketed for that flight was removed from the aircraft. Security officials then directed precautionary rescreen of everyone onboard. Delta is working with local law enforcement and the Transportation Security Administration on their investigation and we are conducting our own review of this as well.
The Transportation Security Administration told WSBTV that the woman was screened, and they are working with law enforcement, including the FBI to investigate the incident.
“It was really scary, now that I look back on it,” the passenger said. “I want to know what her intentions were because it just shouldn’t have happened.”