Man with stolen pass
nearly boarded plane
A man with a stolen boarding pass got through airport security in Salt Lake City and checked in at a gate for a flight to California before he was caught earlier this month, authorities said.
Michael Salata, 61, was arrested on Nov. 5 shortly after checking in to a Southwest Airlines flight to Oakland, the Deseret News reported Wednesday.
Salata, who is on the sex-offender registry in Utah, grabbed a boarding pass that a woman accidentally left at a check-in kiosk and used it to get through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint, said Craig Vargo, chief of airport police.
"He tried to make it seem like it was a mistake, that the boarding pass printed incorrectly, or that he grabbed the wrong boarding pass," Vargo told the newspaper.
It's unclear why the incident was not disclosed at the time it happened. - AP
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