Man Clears Airport Security, Boards Flight with Someone Else's Boarding Pass

Posted Nov 12th 2013 04:57 PMUpdated Nov 12th 2013 04:59 PM


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A man cleared a TSA checkpoint at Philadelphia International Airport and flew to Chicago using a boarding pass that belonged to another person on Sunday.

The security breach happened after an American Airlines employee "entered an incorrect computer key, printed [a boarding pass for a different traveler] and gave it to another passenger by mistake," Philadelphia's FOX 29 reports. The error went unnoticed by TSA agents at the security checkpoint, who should have been verifying that the name on the boarding pass matched the name on the traveler's ID.

American Airlines and TSA only realized the mistake when Brad Gertz went to check in to his flight to Chicago, only to be told by a ticketing agent that "someone with his information was already on a plane to Chicago that took off hours earlier."

"You would think that the person who checks the ID with a ticket would look at the name...not just the destination," Gertz told Fox 29. "The fact that someone got through security as me is completely unacceptable."

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November 14 2013 at 9:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As the traveler, they did re issue me a ticket, but still informed me they gave my boarding pass to a stranger and NEVER actually corrected that. For two hours a stranger with my identity was in the air. Who knows what could have happened. CNN should pick up this story.

November 13 2013 at 1:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Doobie Brothers

So the actual ticket holder was hours late getting to the airport? What?

November 12 2013 at 11:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Doobie Brothers's comment

Yeah, I think its stupid poor journalism too. Should be on CNN instead of SOL.

November 13 2013 at 1:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Soooooo.... what happened? Did they put him on another flight? Journalism standards just ain't what they used to be, harrrrumph!

November 12 2013 at 10:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply