LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- A 24-year-old Nigerian man who was arrested after he boarded a Los Angeles-bound flight using an expired boarding pass has been charged Friday by a federal grand jury.
Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi, 24, was charged with one felony count of being a stowaway and another felony count of attempting to enter a secure area of LAX.
He boarded Virgin America Flight 415 at John F. Kennedy International Airport on June 24.
He's being held at the Los Angeles County Men's Detention Center and is scheduled to be arraigned on July 18.
Noibi, who also goes by the name Seun Noibi, told authorities that he was traveling to Los Angeles to recruit people for his software business.
His Facebook page proclaims he works from a Chicago-area office as a "storyteller, strategist and designer who is passionate about reaching the world for Jesus."
He recently posted of his travels, saying: "3 days, 3 cities, Chicago, Detroit and NOw i can spy with my little eye New york city from this Sheraton at Liberty Int' l Airport in NJ!"
It wasn't until after the flight was airborne that flight attendants realized an extra passenger onboard, officials said.
During the flight, crew members asked Noibi for his boarding pass and, after hesitation, he handed over a ticket from the day before and not in his name, FBI officials said.
Noibi allegedly told the crew that the pass was outdated because he had missed that flight a day earlier.
Virgin says crew members alerted the captain, who immediately contacted local authorities from the flight deck.
"After discovery, the crew kept the subject (who was asleep for much of the flight) under surveillance, but at no time felt there was any threat to the security of the flight," according to the airline.
The man whose name was on the boarding pass later told FBI officials that the document had disappeared from his back pocket when he arrived at JFK International Airport on June 23.
The June 24 flight eventually landed at Los Angeles International Airport, where Noibi deplaned.
He was arrested after he returned to LAX on Wednesday and attempted to board a Delta flight bound for Atlanta, again using an expired boarding pass, FBI spokesperson, Laura Eimiller, told KTLA.
A search of Noibi's bags at LAX turned up more than 10 boarding passes with various individuals' names, none of which were his own, FBI officials said.
Officials say Noibi also did not have a valid identification card. Instead, FBI officials say, he produced a University of Michigan ID card, which showed his photo and full name.
The Transportation Security Administration has issued the following statement:
"Every passenger that passes through security checkpoints is subject to many layers of security including thorough physical screening at the checkpoint. TSA's review of this matter indicates that the passenger went through screening. It is important to note that this passenger was subject to the same physical screening at the checkpoint as other passengers. TSA cannot comment further on the specifics of the case given the ongoing FBI investigation."
Virgin also said, "We are currently working with the FBI in their investigation of how Mr. Noibi passed TSA screening and then later boarded the flight in question."
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The man was taken into custody when he tried to board another flight days later at LAX.
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Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi. (Booking photo)