Tokyo flight makes U-turn after passenger boarded in error

Model Chrissy Teigen wonders on Twitter why jet turned around to LA four hours into flight

A statement from ANA said the pilot decided to return to the originating airport  after a passenger was discovered on board who had intended to board a different flight. File photograph: Getty Images

A statement from ANA said the pilot decided to return to the originating airport after a passenger was discovered on board who had intended to board a different flight. File photograph: Getty Images

 

A Tokyo-bound flight returned to Los Angeles hours into the journey on Tuesday after the crew discovered one of the passengers had boarded the wrong plane, an airline said.

A statement from All Nippon Airways (ANA) said the pilot decided to return to the originating airport as part of the airline’s security procedures.

Flight 175 left Los Angeles International Airport at 11.36am and returned to LAX at 7.33pm.

Chrissy Teigen tweets

US model Chrissy Teigen was on-board and live-tweeted the developments. She wondered on Twitter why the plane was turning around four hours into the 11-hour flight.

ANA said it is trying to determine how the passenger boarded the wrong flight.

In an apology to inconvenienced passengers, the airline said it takes pride in customer service and failed on this flight. – Press Association