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Park City tourist faces federal charges after illegally boarding SLC flight to Texas charges

Delta Air Lines planes at Salt Lake City International Airport, on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022.
Rick Egan / The Salt Lake Tribune
Delta Air Lines planes at Salt Lake City International Airport, on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022.

The man used a photo of another passenger’s boarding pass to board the plane, prosecutors say.

A Texas man who authorities say took a picture of another person’s boarding pass and tried to sneak onto a Salt Lake City airport flight home after a snowboarding trip to Park City is now charged with national security crimes.

A federal grand jury this month indicted 26-year-old Wicliff Yves Fleurizard, of Leander, Texas, on charges of stowing away on an aircraft and access device fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah.

Fleurizard was arrested March 17 after he successfully boarded a Delta Air Lines flight bound for Austin, Texas, using a cellphone photo of another passenger’s boarding pass. Once on the plane, he opened an emergency equipment storage door, charging documents say.

A flight attendant who saw Fleurizard open the storage door then directed him to the plane’s front lavatory, which Fleurizard stayed inside of for the remainder of boarding.

When he exited the lavatory, he then made his way to the plane’s back lavatory. By the time he exited that restroom, a flight attendant noticed all the plane’s seats were occupied and confronted Fleurizard.

The plane had started to taxi away from its gate when Fleurizard claimed another passenger was in his seat. When flight attendants verified that was not true, and were unable to locate a valid ticket or booking reservation for him, the plane returned to the gate and Fleurizard was arrested.

Authorities reviewed surveillance video of the boarding area, which showed Fleurizard surreptitiously taking photos of several passengers’ phones and paper boarding passes before boarding the plane.

To read the full story, visit sltrib.com.

This article is published through the Utah News Collaborative, a partnership of news organizations in Utah that aims to inform readers across the state.