NEW YORK (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday it is trying to determine how a man slipped past authorities and boarded a flight with a stolen boarding pass at New York’s Kennedy airport.

Ronald Wong, 30, of Chevy Chase, Md., was charged with trespassing after a flight attendant noticed him standing at the rear of a Delta airliner preparing to leave for San Francisco on Feb. 24.

Wong told police he took another passenger’s boarding pass at the JFK ticket counter, according to a police report filed in a New York City court.

TSA agents are supposed to check boarding passes against passengers’ IDs. Airline gate agents then double-check the passes as passengers board.

TSA said its agents screened Wong’s baggage at the security checkpoint, but he somehow slipped past the ID-checking station.

“TSA is aware of the incident and fully cooperating with the ongoing law enforcement investigation,” the agency said in a statement.

A seat on the New York-San Francisco flight, Delta 127, normally costs $541, according to court documents. It was unclear if the stolen boarding pass was for that flight or another one.

New York City prosecutors have charged Wong with theft of services, criminal trespassing and petit larceny. He was released on bail Saturday.

The arrest was first reported Wednesday by The New York Post.

A man who answered Wong’s telephone number in Chevy Chase declined to comment. Delta Air Lines did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (6)
  1. Ric says:

    I know how he got past TSA employees….. They were too busy wasting everybody’s time by patting down 79 year old American grandmothers, and rifling through their purses, to even notice the guy. The entire TSA effort is farcical.

    1. Kurt says:

      No kidding Ric! It makes me wonder if this TSA nonsense is worth it in the first place. If they aren’t doing their jobs and they are infringing on our rights then maybe we should just fire them all and start over with a new plan for passenger security?

    2. Nikki says:

      Post of the day!!! Good point Rick.

    3. Atim Ant says:

      How would you suggest you determine who is a threat while flying? If you can come up with a reasonable alternative, let us all know.

  2. VIINCE MACK says:

    I bet the person he took the ticket from had a simaliar name like CHOW OR CHONG.

  3. Heartwings says:

    Two and a half billion a year and this is what we get? I suspect the scouts could do a better job. Feel safe?

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