Tokyo-Bound Flight U-Turns To LAX To Remove "Unauthorized Person" Due To "Mix Up"

An All Nippon Airways flight en route from Los Angeles to Tokyo was forced to turn around four hours into the eleven hour journey to remove an "unauthorized person" from the flight, angering passengers who were told by the airline that passenger had a ticket for another airline.

A twitter user claiming to have been on board flight ANA 175 said that four people were questioned and detained; "1 Muslim,2 white, and 1 asian lady." 

Police said the massive U-turn was due to a "mix up, and was straightened out," according to ABC7, and that the flight has been rescheduled to depart Wednesday morning. 

Model Christine Teigen was aboard and documented the incident over Twitter. 

Police were interviewing people seated near the mystery passenger, according to Teigen. 

One twitter user said that four passengers were detained: 

Another twitter user claims that passengers had to sign an NDA: 

The plane's recorded flight time was recorded at seven hours and 56 minutes



seek Ignatius Wed, 12/27/2017 - 13:44 Permalink

Agreed, that's very weird.I'd be inclined to refuse, or at least request access to my attorney. I suppose not doing so means you're a test case for incarcerating innocent people on national security grounds, but that's extreme enough I bet even the government's lawyers would start to sweat. 

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techpriest seek Wed, 12/27/2017 - 14:52 Permalink

If I had a guess, the minute people get off the plane some journalists will be lining up for an inside scoop, and since people may sensationalize, this whole incident will quickly turn into bad PR for ANA. So, they would rather shut everyone up now, and limit communication to their PR office.

After this, if the detained individuals really are that big of a deal, what if someone ends up hurt or sick 5 days from now?

One last thought - if you haven't traveled internationally, you might not know that they pre-screen your passport when you check in, to make sure you will have no trouble with the border agents when you land. There's a non-zero chance they had valid tickets, but they caught something about their documents after the fact, which many people would want covered up because it means all of this Big Brother tracking is in fact FUBAR, and the security systems are full of holes and leaking questionable people.

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Masher1 techpriest Wed, 12/27/2017 - 15:29 Permalink

I would like everyone to read the above comment several times and have a real good think about the content. FUBAR is an under statement to say the least about it. The fact that this plane was in the air is of major concern seeing as 4 individuals were the reason, What if they were..... You fill in the rest. You live up to your skull in the snoopers shit and not one bad guy is being caught until they are airborne.

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lincolnsteffens Things that go bump Wed, 12/27/2017 - 18:11 Permalink

I would add something to the NDA after my signature.  Under duress, all rights reserved. Then see if they notice or say anything about it.No contract is valid if signed under duress. This is a fundamental principal of contract law. This may be why some states have eliminated the signature line on "traffic violations". Everything you sign " so called electronically" has no possibility of anything being changed or indicating you didn't understand or want to make changes before you sign.My accountant wants to file my IRS returns on line. I have insisted on paper because I alway ad  "All Rights Reserved, UCC 1-308". If I knew how to un-volunteer in paying "income" taxes I would not include my compensation for labor.

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lincolnsteffens DeadFred Wed, 12/27/2017 - 18:16 Permalink

Law enforcement doesn't care. They will fuck you up and maybe you can work it out later. Fighting government for unlawful actions against you will be expensive, mentally draining and take a long time. That is the way government has set up the various law jurisdictions. All you have to do is look at what happened to the Bundy family. Are you ready to stand your ground and fight. I hope so.

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stormcrow Wed, 12/27/2017 - 13:05 Permalink

WTF do they scan our boarding passes for at the gate if not to verify that we are supposed to be on that plane? How can someone get on the wrong plane? The signs say where it is going, they call it out at the gate and on the plane. Something fishy going on.

HowdyDoody techpriest Wed, 12/27/2017 - 15:06 Permalink

Anybody can get on to a plane - if they have the right contacts. Wasn't the shoe bomber allowed onto a flight from Holland to the US even though he had no passport / ticket? Some guy accompanying him overrode the check-in clerk who didn't want to let him on the plane.

Edit: May have been the underwear bomber…

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11b40 stormcrow Wed, 12/27/2017 - 13:41 Permalink

Yes, has to be.  Turning around an International flight 4 hours out is a big deal.  Why not bring it down in Hawaii?   They would have been scanned into the system for confirmation prior to boarding, true, but someone must have realized there was a big problem with one or more of them leaving after the plane departed.  Had to be big enough that they did not want them to set foot in Japan.  Were they carrying something that could be handed off?  Forcing passengers to sign NDA's, too.  How would that work if passengers happen to be other foreign nationals?  If I get home to, say, Indonesia after this flight, and decide to tell what I saw, what recourse does the U.S. have when they wave an NDA?Very strange, and has to be a BFD.

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