LOS ANGELES (CBSMiami) — Federal Authorities are investigating after a so-called “unauthorized” passenger boarded a plane from Los Angeles to Tokyo forcing the plane to turn around mid-flight.
Supermodel Chrissy Teigen was on board and documented the mysterious trip to nowhere to her 9 million Twitter followers.
Tiegen documented all of Nippon airways flight 175’s eight-hour trip from LAX back to LAX.
She and her husband, actor and musician John Legend were on the flight before it was forced to turn around.
The plane left LAX at around 11:30 am. It was roughly four hours into an eleven and a half hour flight when the pilot made a U-turn. At 7:30 pm, the plane was back in Los Angeles.
After all this I will have spent 8 hours on a flight to nowhere, Teigen tweeted.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 27, 2017
In a statement to CBS News, ANA said, “the cabin crew became aware that one of the passengers boarded the incorrect flight. As part of the airline’s security procedure, the pilot in command decided to return to the originating airport”
Whether or not there was an unauthorized passenger remains unclear.
A spokesperson for LAX police told CBS News, “there were no security breaches” and “there was no unauthorized passenger.”
Naomi Kamidate said things on the plane seemed off when flight attendants started manually counting passengers. She said she had to turn to the internet and to Teigen’s tweets for answers
“We shouldn’t have had to Google what was going on and for us to read an article about us,” said Kamidate.
The FBI says no arrests have been made and the investigation continues.
Passengers tell CBS News that the crew was apologetic and equally upset by the turn-around.
One traveler said he was missing the first day of his honeymoon, and that all he was getting back for it was a brief hotel stay or a $200 credit.
Passengers on board tell CBS News the possibly unauthorized flier was a young man who seemed to be trying to switch seats.
By Wednesday evening, Teigen tweeted they had arrived to Tokyo.