Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


Well, Duh: Nigerian Boarding Pass Scammer Considered 'Flight Risk'

Photo by debaird™ via Flickr
Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

It should come as absolutely no surprise that Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi, the Nigerian man who flew from New York to Los Angeles last week on a stolen boarding pass with only a college ID, has been denied bail and is considered a flight risk.

24-year-old Noibi was in court today before Judge Michael Wilner, who agreed with prosecutors that the flight-hopping man of dubious identity isn't really a prime candidate to get sprung from prison yet. A prosecutor suggested that Noibi might decide to return to Nigeria, should he be bailed out, according to L.A. Now.

Noibi raised the feds' interest when he flew on a Virgin America flight from JFK airport to LAX on a boarding pass he allegedly swiped from the back pocket of its true owner the day prior to his flight. Flight attendants made note of the extra passenger, did not find him listed on the manifest, and noticed the boarding pass was a day old and in another person's name. However, it wasn't until this week, when Noibi tried to pull a similar stunt leaving LAX on Delta, that he was taken into custody.

He is due back in court July 18.