Man faces stowaway charges after airport arrest

July 8, 2011 - 7:59 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) โ€” A Nigerian American has been indicted on federal stowaway charges after authorities say he breached three layers of airport security when he got on a cross-country flight with an expired boarding pass.

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles returned a two-count indictment Friday against 24-year-old Oluwaseun Noibi (OH-loo-WAH-suhn noh-EE-bee).

He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Noibi's public defender declined comment.

Authorities say Noibi boarded a flight in New York on 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 onboard.

After arriving in Los Angeles and spending several days in the city, Noibi was arrested for attempting to board a Delta Air Lines flight with another expired pass.