- The alleged Delta stowaway declined to give up her seat when its assigned passenger arrived on flight 1516 at Orlando International Airport on Saturday
- The passenger, named as Sylvia Rictor, said she threw away her boarding pass
- When asked to show ID Rictor would only show a picture of herself on her phone
- Rictor reportedly pretended to be with another family to get past TSA agents
- Delta Airlines, Orlando Police and federal authorities are now investigating how the woman got through airport security onto the flight in the first place
This is the shocking moment a passenger is kicked off a Delta flight after boarding the plane without a ticket or ID and refusing to get off the plane for 45 minutes before police removed her.
The female stowaway, identified as Sylvia Rictor, is said to have refused to move after ticketed traveler Jenni Clemons found her sitting in her assigned seat for the journey from Orlando International Airport to Atlanta on Saturday.
In footage taken on board the aircraft Rictor can be heard telling Delta workers she ‘threw out’ her boarding pass ‘as soon as she got on the plane’.
She later tries, and fails, to convince crew that a picture of herself on her Obama phone can be used for ID.
Passenger Jenni said she found Rictor in her rightful seat, 15A, on flight 1516. She told WFTV: ‘She said very bluntly, “I’m not moving. I entitled.”‘
It took roughly 45 minutes to get the woman to exit the aircraft with even the pilot coming to negotiate with the woman, authorities said.
Clemons added: ‘They eventually told her, “You’re breaking federal law”.’
Rictor pretended to be a part of another family to get past TSA agents, Spectrum News 13 reports.
Cell phone audio recordings of the incident show the woman telling the flight’s personnel that she had thrown away her boarding pass before getting on the plane.
When asked for identification, the woman showed the flight crew a photo of herself on her phone.
‘Well, I’m showing you a picture ID,’ the woman told the flight attendant.
‘Ma’am, that’s not a government-issued ID. That’s a photo,’ the stewardess replied.
‘Well, this is just as good,’ the troublesome passenger rebutted.
‘No, ma’am, it’s not just as good,’ the flight attendant fired back.
Some time later the plane’s pilot called Orlando Police.
After taxing down the runway Clemons said: ‘We were stopped pretty quickly, and the pilot explained it was because the lady was not cooperating with TSA (the Transportation Security Administration), and she did not have a ticket to any airline at all. They could not figure out how she even got on the plane.
‘The plane was searched by dogs and TSA agents. Every single passenger had a pat-down, and all of our bags were searched again.’
Delta Airlines, the Transportation Security Administration and the FBI have also been notified and announced they are investigating the Saturday incident.
The airline issued a statement apologizing for the incident Saturday evening. The plane eventually made it to Atlanta.
In a statement Delta said: ‘Delta apologizes to customers of flight 1516 for the delay after a person not ticketed for that flight was removed from the aircraft.
‘Security officials then directed precautionary rescreen of everyone onboard. Delta is working with local law enforcement and the Transportation Security Administration on their investigation and we are conducting our own review of this as well.’
‘How she got in that airport and how she got on that airplane is extremely concerning,’ one anonymous passenger said.
TSA say Rictor was screened but did not provide any additional information and it is not known if any charges will be filed.
DailyMail.com has contacted TSA and Delta for comment.