A Russian man flew to the US without a passport, ticket or visa. The man identified as Sergey Vladimirovich Ochigava is a Russian-Israeli dual citizen who was caught when he arrived in Los Angeles, NBC News reported.
He departed Copenhagen on a Scandinavian Airlines flight and landed at Los Angeles International Airport on November 4 without a passport or visa, the report claimed.
Officials couldn’t find him on the passenger list for any flights, it added.
“When questioned, Vladimirovich Ochigava gave wrong and deceptive information about his travel to the United States, including initially telling CBP that he left his passport on the airplane,” an affidavit said.
As per the flight crew, Sergey Vladimirovich Ochigava was seen on the flight as he wandered around the plane and kept shifting his seat.
He requested for two meals during each meal service and even tried to eat the chocolate that belonged to staff of the cabin crew.
Officials searched Sergey Vladimirovich Ochigava’s bag and found what seemed to be Russian and Israeli ID cards. A Copenhagen Airport spokesperson told The Independent, ”We can see from our surveillance that he has entered without a passport, visa or valid ticket. Copenhagen Airport has provided pic and video report to the authorities who are investigating the case. We take the matter very seriously, and it will be included in the work we continuously do to adjust and tighten our guidelines to improve security.”
The case is now being investigated by the FBI, Fox News reported.
FBI agent Caroline Walling said that Sergey Vladimirovich Ochigava was disordered, had not slept for three days, and couldn’t recall how he boarded the plane.
”Ochigava had a Ph. D in economics and marketing. He last worked as an economist in Russia a long time ago. He claimed he had not been sleeping for three days and did not realize what was going on.
Ochigava stated he might have had a plane ticket to come to the United States, but he was not sure,” Caroline Walling said, adding,
“He did not remember how he got on the plane in Copenhagen without a passport. He also would not explain how or when he got to Copenhagen or what he was doing there. When asked how he got through security in Copenhagen, Ochigava claimed he did not remember how he went through security without a ticket.”