Woman takes flight on wrong plane, wrong airline, with wrong name

Despite the fact that she was travelling under a different name, one passenger was able to board a Cathay Pacific plane.
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Despite the fact that she was travelling under a different name, one passenger was able to board a Cathay Pacific plane.

Despite increased security travel measures around the world, one woman managed to board the wrong plane, with the wrong airline - all under the wrong name.

According to The South China Morning Post, the incident happened at Taiwan Airport when a woman, known as "Ms Hong" was flying to Hong Kong.

The first error in the series of incredible events happened when she checked into the Cathay Pacific desk - instead of Hong Kong Airlines.

Despite checking in with the wrong carrier, Hong was processed. She was also holding a boarding pass that belonged to a man with the same surname, also flying to Hong Kong.

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Hong then passed through all the security and immigration stations without anyone noticing the mistake.

The flights had been booked by Hong's boyfriend who was told his partner had not boarded her Hong Kong Airlines flight. 

SCMP reports that the woman was furious.

"The name on the air ticket wasn't me. Even the sex on the air ticket was not right. This is ridiculous," she said.

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Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Airlines have since  come together to ensure Hong made a safe return trip, she was also given the use of Cathay's executive lounge.

A spokesperson for Cathay Pacific confirmed there had been an "error in the check-in procedures."

"We take this matter seriously and are in the process of securing more information from the relevant teams and reviewing the check-in procedures on that day to ensure that similar incidents will not happen again," the spokesperson said.

 - Stuff

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