Boarding a plane with the wrong ticket is like something from an anxious fever dream. It basically makes you an airborne prisoner, destined for some place miles away from your actual destination.
This exact situation played out Tuesday night on a flight bound from Los Angeles to Tokyo. According to reports of the incident, someone boarded a plane with the wrong ticket. The All Nippon Airways flight spent four hours charting a course for Japan before pilots decided to turn the airliner around and head back to LAX, rendering the journey the ultimate 8-hour "flight to nowhere."
The decision to hit reset on the plane and its 226 passengers was due to an "administrative error," an airline source told CNN. (That's airline parlance for "we screwed up big time, everybody.")