A Tokyo-bound flight made a U-turn while flying over the Pacific Ocean and returned to Los Angeles because one passenger, for reasons still unexplained, had boarded the wrong flight.
All Nippon Airways Flight 175 left the Los Angeles International Airport at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday Pacific Standard Time, spent about eight hours in the air and landed back in California just after 7:30 p.m., majorly inconveniencing its passengers, including model Chrissy Teigen, who live-tweeted the “flight to nowhere” to her 9.2 million followers.
.@chrissyteigen is on an international flight that turned around 4 hours in because a passenger isn’t supposed to be on plane. Look at this flight path! This is my Twilight Zone. pic.twitter.com/II06VmfOah
— Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) December 27, 2017
All Nippon Airways said in a statement that the pilot flew the plane back to the Los Angeles airport after the cabin crew discovered that one of the passengers was not supposed to be there. The airline said the decision to turn around was part of a security procedure.
“ANA is researching the situation currently to determine how the passenger boarded the flight. ANA would like to express its apologies to the passengers for the inconvenience,” the airline said.
Teigen, who was traveling with husband John Legend, wrote on Twitter that the plane was turned around about four hours into the flight. The Twitter world watched in amusement as Teigen kept her followers updated on the ordeal, which apparently involved an hours-long wait at the airport, unanswered questions, some police presence and a microwaveable Ramen meal.
Why did we all get punished for this one person’s mistake? Why not just land in Tokyo and send the other person back? How is this the better idea, you ask? We all have the same questions.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) December 27, 2017
Teigen and Legend appeared to have left Los Angeles on a rescheduled flight by early Wednesday morning. FlightAware, an online flight tracker, shows the flight will arrive in Tokyo a little after 7 a.m. Thursday, Japan Standard Time.