The woman who snuck on a Delta flight without a boarding pass had shown staff photos on her phone — insisting it was “just as good” as a government-issued ID, according to video of the exchange, a report said.
Sylvia Rictor was discovered when another passenger complained that she was in her seat — sparking a three-hour delay on Saturday’s Atlanta-bound flight from Orlando, Florida, as she refused to move and everyone had to leave the plane.
Confronted by flight crew, Rictor claimed that she had a boarding pass but “threw it out as soon as I got on the plane,” according to video from another passenger obtained by Spectrum News 13.
Asked for identification, she instead held up a phone to show personal photographs — telling staff, “I’m showing you a picture ID.”
“Ma’am, that is not a government ID. That’s a photo,” a patient-sounding female member of staff told her,
“This is just as good,” Rictor is heard replying belligerently.
She had initially sneaked through TSA checks and then onto the plane by pretending to be part of another family, sources told Spectrum News.
She was eventually escorted out by police but allowed to leave Orlando International Airport from a public area, police reports show.
All other passengers had to deboard following the incident until agents and canines gave an all-clear for the flight.
“Safety and security is always our top priority,” Delta insisted, saying it was “working with local law enforcement and the Transportation Security Administration on their investigation.”