ANA Flight 175 from LA to Tokyo Turns Around 4 Hours into the Flight Due to Unauthorized Passenger Onboard

On December 26, 2017, ANA flight 175 from Los Angeles to Tokyo Narita had to turn around and return to Los Angeles more than four hours into the flight due to discovery of an unauthorized passenger onboard.

ANA Flight 175 from LA to Tokyo Turns Around 4 Hours into the Flight Due to Unauthorized Passenger Onboard

NH175 Turns Around Due to an Unauthorized Passenger

The flight, NH175 operated by ANA’s Boeing 777-300ER (registered JA732A), took off from Los Angeles airport 12:01PM local time, bound for Tokyo Narita.

More than four hours into the flight, however, the cabin crew found out that there was an unauthorized passenger onboard. Following the airline’s security procedure, the aircraft had to turn around and return to Los Angeles where it landed at 7:32PM.

NH175 Turnaround

The aircraft took off again – after offloading the passenger in question – around 3:30AM the next day, and is currently en route to Tokyo.

Chrissy Teigen Tweeting About the Situation

The situation came to spotlight when American model Chrissy Teigen (John Legend’s wife) tweeted:

Then, she shed some more light on the situation:

Once the aircraft got back into Los Angeles, it seems like everyone had to deboard – and that the police interviewed passengers seated around the unauthorized passenger:

And finally, after some other tweets from the “lounge” her and her husband were put in, she tweeted that they were about to get back on their way to Tokyo.

The Eight-Hour Flight to Nowhere

Currently, the flight is a bit less than two hours out of Tokyo Narita.

I am sure everyone onboard is happy to finally be getting to their destination. No doubt the celebrity couple in first class will be happy. But, I am sure, the passengers in economy class that had to endure the eight-hour flight to nowhere will be even happier.

And, I am also sure ANA’s vague explanation and apology will not be enough for any of the passengers.

In fact, I am really curious to see how this situation unfolds. I am especially eager to know how a passenger with United boarding pass could get on an ANA flight, and how they could only discover it four hours into the flight.

 

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