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Man Boarded Delta Flight Using Ticket Ruse, U.S. Says

A Texas man was arrested Sunday in Salt Lake City after boarding a Delta Air Lines flight without a ticket using a photo he took of another passenger’s boarding pass while they weren’t looking, according to court documents.

The man, Wicliff Yves Fleurizard, 26, faces one count of being a stowaway on ships or planes, according to a complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Utah. He was being held at the Salt Lake County Metropolitan Jail, according to the Salt Lake City Police Department.

After boarding a Delta flight to Austin, Texas, on Sunday, Mr. Fleurizard went to the restroom at the front of the plane and stayed there until the flight was completely boarded and the doors are secure, according to the federal complaint.

Mr. Fleurizard then walked to the back of the plane and went into the bathroom, according to court records. When he got out, a flight attendant noticed there were no empty seats as the plane was about to taxi to the runway, according to court records.

The flight attendant asked Mr. Fleurizard where his seat was, and he replied that it was 21F, which was already taken, the complaint states. After flight attendants could not find Mr. Fleurizard on their manifest, they realized he was not allowed to board and the plane returned to the gate, according to the complaint .

Mr. Fleurizard told police he was snowboarding in Park City, Utah, and needed to go home to see his family, according to the complaint. He said a friend gave him a Southwest Airlines “buddy pass,” according to the complaint.

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

The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that Mr. Fleurizard was screened Sunday by security at Salt Lake City International Airport without any problems, using a photo ID and a travel card. ‘boarding.

Surveillance footage from Sunday showed Mr. Fleurizard taking photos of several passengers’ phones in a Delta Air Lines boarding area while they were not looking, according to the complaint. The footage then showed Mr Fleurizard using his phone to board the 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 episode but declined to provide additional details.

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

Delta Air Lines said in a statement Sunday that it was “cooperating with law enforcement and appropriate federal agencies regarding an investigation into an individual without a ticket.”

In recent months, similar cases have arisen in which passengers boarded flights without a ticket in the United States and abroad.

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

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