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Man Boards Plane at Italy's Busiest Airport Without Ticket

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | September 10, 2015

Man Boards Plane at Italy's Busiest Airport Without Ticket

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In a giant lapse of security, a man made his way past airport employees at Italy’s largest airport—Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport—and boarded a flight without a ticket Sunday.

Italian news outlet The Local is reporting that a 40-year-old Belgian man managed to bypass all of the security officials at Fiumicino Airport and boarded a flight to Brussels. He was finally caught in the act when a crew member asked to see his ticket because he was sitting in someone else’s seat.

After security was notified, the man was removed from the flight and reportedly told officers, “I like traveling and going home from time to time, but I didn’t have money for the ticket.”

The Local reached out to the airport’s operating body, Aeroporti di Roma, but were not provided with a comment about the report. Interestingly, this is the second recent report of passengers boarding a plane without any documentation. One Sept. 4, a woman was able to board an easyJet flight out of Gatwick without a passport or boarding pass.

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