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Man Pleads Not Guilty To Flight Stowaway Charges

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A man accused of illegally boarding a flight from New York to Los Angeles pleaded not guilty Monday to flight stowaway charges.

Prosecutors say 24-year-old Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi used an expired boarding pass to board a Virgin American flight from JFK to LAX last month.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz Reports

The flight crew became suspicious of Noibi during the flight, and he was questioned on the ground in Los Angeles but released.

On June 29, he allegedly tried to do the same thing again. This time, it was on a Delta flight to Atlanta, but he was never able to get on a plane, according to authorities.

Officials said they found about 15 boarding passes issued to other people in his possession.

He was then arrested days later at LAX, after getting past security yet again with another expired ticket issued to another passenger.

In a separate afternoon hearing, U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real set an Aug. 30 trial date.

If convicted, Noibi faces up to 15 years in prison.

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