Man in court for NY-to-LA flight stowaway charges

July 18, 2011 - 10:14 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Nigerian American man is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Los Angeles on charges he breached airport security in New York and got a free ride on an LA-bound flight.

Twenty-four-year-old Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of being a stowaway and attempting to enter a secure area of an airport by fraud or false pretense.

Authorities say he boarded a flight in New York June 24 using an expired boarding pass with someone else's name on it. The Virgin America crew didn't realize until mid-flight that an extra passenger was in a premium seat that was supposed to be empty.

Noibi spent several days in Los Angeles and was arrested when he tried to board a Delta flight with another expired pass.