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Frequent flier who flew with used tickets

world Updated: Jul 06, 2011 00:13 IST

In a major lapse in US airport security, a Nigerian man boarded a flight from New York to Los Angeles last week using an expired plane ticket. He seems to have used this method before. He was arrested this week when he tried to repeat his act.

It was not until after Virgin America Flight 415 took off from John F Kennedy International Airport in New York on June 24 that the airline discovered the man, identified as Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi, was not supposed to be on the flight, according to an FBI affidavit.

The flight crew became aware of him when two passengers complained about his odour.

But authorities did not arrest Noibi last Friday. They arrested him on June 29, when he returned to Los Angeles International Airport and tried to fraudulently board a Delta flight bound for Atlanta.

He was carrying numerous boarding passes, none in his name, the FBI said.

On his website, Noibi describes himself as a "frequent traveller," Los Angeles Times reported.