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.")
The airline further explained the mishap in a statement:
"The cabin crew notified the pilot that one of the passengers boarded the incorrect flight, and the pilot in command made the decision to return to the originating airport."
The snafu was chronicled on Twitter by supermodel Chrissy Teigen, who was onboard the flight with her husband, R&B superstar John Legend. Luckily for people not on the flight, sitting in front of the hypnotic glow of their Twitter feeds, Teigen made light of the stupidly annoying situation by tweeting about it to her 9 million followers.