Man in Airport Security Breach Ordered Held

Friday, Jul 1, 2011  |  Updated 3:42 PM EDT
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Man in Airport Security Breach Ordered Held

Olajide Noibi, inset, is accused of flying from New York to Los Angeles without a valid boarding pass.

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A man who allegedly breached airport security and boarded a cross-country Virgin America flight at John F. Kennedy Airport without a boarding pass has been ordered to remain in federal custody in Los Angeles.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Wilner said Friday he was hesitant to grant bond to Olajide Noibi based on the circumstances of the case.

Another hearing will be held at a later date regarding whether the man might be released on bond.

Investigators say Noibi boarded a Virgin America flight that left JFK last Friday.

Neither the airline nor the Transportation Security Administration noticed that his ID -- a University of Michigan student card -- did not match the name on his boarding pass. While the plane was in the air, flight attendants became suspicious because Noibi was sitting in a seat that the passenger list indicated was empty.

Noibi handed them a boarding pass that was for a flight the day before. Investigators say he told them he had missed that flight.

The flight crew then realized that his name didn't match the name on the boarding pass and that he was not on the passenger list. An FBI agent later discovered that the boarding pass Noibi presented had been printed out by a New York man who lost it in the subway on his way to Kennedy Airport for that same flight.

An FBI agent then arrested him on Wednesday when he tried to board a Delta flight to Atlanta. The agent said Noibi had at least 10 other boarding passes in one of his bags -- none of them in his own name.

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