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LAX Stowaway Scam Artist 'Storyteller' Pleads Not Guilty

Noibi (Booking photo)
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The airline passenger who is thought to be a boarding pass scam artist appeared in court today in Los Angeles to enter not guilty pleas on felony charges he was a stowaway and he attempted to enter a secure ares of Los Angeles International Airport. Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi, 24, originally from Nigeria, was arrested last month attempting to board a flight out of LAX using a boarding pass that was not issued in his name. Noibi had arrived a few days earlier in L.A. after successfully boarding a flight from New York's JFK airport using a boarding pass he allegedly swiped from another passenger's back pocket.

Noibi said he was in L.A. to recruit potential workers for his software business, says KTLA, adding that he has described himself on Facebook as a Chicago-based man who is a "storyteller, strategist and designer who is passionate about reaching the world for Jesus."

Authorities say a search of Noibi's luggage in Los Angeles revealed numerous boarding passes issued in other people's names.

Amazingly, Noibi cleared security in New York, although his boarding pass was not in his name and was dated for the previous day, and he only carried a university-issued ID on him.

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