Tokyo-bound passengers on All Nippon Airlines Flight 175, were frustrated to hear Tuesday evening that their flight would have to turn around and fly back to Los Angeles after already flying four hours.
The plane was carrying 226 passengers, who were eventually informed that the U-turn was "due to an administrative mix-up."
The "administrative mix-up," however, was actually a little bit more problematic. The flight crew discovered that one of the passengers had boarded Flight 175 by accident and was on the wrong plane.
"The cabin crew notified the pilot that one of the passengers boarded the incorrect flight, and the pilot in command made the decision to return to the originating airport," a spokesman for ANA told CNN.
Among the 226 other passengers was none other than model, TV personality, and Twitter influencer Chrissy Teigen along with her husband, singer John Legend.
In true fashion, Teigen took to Twitter to live-tweet the "flight to nowhere."
a flying first for me: 4 hours into an 11 hour flight and we are turning around because we have a passenger who isn’t supposed to be on this plane. Why...why do we all gotta go back, I do not know— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 27, 2017
As the ordeal continued to unfold, Teigen told her followers that she had "no answers. Neither do they." Somehow, however, the other passengers were able to figure out that the plane wasn't returning for a mere "administrative mix-up," but because a passenger was on the wrong flight.
This person is so lucky that we will all have to deplane. Imagine having to walk off alone. The shame!— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 27, 2017
She went on to express her frustration over having to return because of one person, stating, "Why did we all get punished for this one person's mistake? Why not just land in Tokyo and send the other person back?"
They keep saying the person had a United ticket. We are on ANA. So basically the boarding pass scanner is just a beedoop machine that makes beedoop noises that register to nowhere— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 27, 2017
Teigen continued to give as many details as she could, explaining that when the plane landed, it was placed in a "secure area."
Police were interviewing all the people seated around the mystery person once we got off the plane. Why would they do this! I MUST KNOW MORE— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 27, 2017
Finally, Teigan, her husband, and the other passengers were able to board. Even though the process had taken hours, Teigen maintained the humor, tweeting out, "Yoda is in a seat and they're playing Star Wars music."
An investigation is currently underway to discover how the rogue passenger was able get a seat on the flight.
"We take great pride providing exemplary customer service," said a spokesperson for ANA, "and on this flight we failed to do so."
Here's to hoping that the one confused passenger never boards another wrong plane and that no one else ever has to endure this travel disaster again.
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