A little more than a year ago, we wrote two articles about a woman who had snuck onto a Delta flight at Orlando International Airport, with no ticket and no ID. The second article was the aftermath of her story (which was even crazier than the original story LOL!).
At the time I wrote that post, I figured stuff like that didn’t happen a whole, whole lot, because of TSA, security, yadda yadda yadda. But hey, it’s 2020! So yeah, I shoulda known better because it’s Anything Can Happen year, right?
According to the Chicago Tribune, Yaazmina Payton, was taken into custody on Sunday after sneaking onto an American Airlines flight headed to Los Angeles.
The 23-year-old, a resident of the Marquette Park area of Chicago, said she was trying to go to L.A. to see Grammy Award-winning rapper Jay-Z.
TSA authorities had no comment about how she originally got past the TSA security checkpoint. However, following her arrest, Payton offered to show how she bypassed the checkpoint to get into the airport’s secure area when the nearby TSA officers were distracted.
When the plane was boarding, someone alerted a ticket agent when they saw Payton duck under a set of ropes at the boarding door, and enter the plane.
She was subsequently removed from the plane.
During Monday’s bail hearing, Payton’s court-appointed attorney said she had post-traumatic stress disorder and an anxiety disorder. She was charged with criminal trespassing after boarding an airplane without a ticket in Terminal 3 of O’Hare, as per police.
She was released on $500 bail and is barred from the airport.
A TSA spokesperson said the agency was conducting its own investigation.
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