A New Jersey woman bought a Frontier Airlines ticket from Philadelphia to Jacksonville, Florida but ended up on the island of Jamaica instead. And she didn’t even have her passport. Beverly Ellis-Hebard, who flies between the two U.S. cities every six weeks, didn’t realize she was on the wrong flight until the plane was airborne. A flight attendant came to Ellis-Hebard’s seat to help treat her arm, which she had badly scraped while taking her suitcase out of the baggage sizer back at the airport, and told the passenger she’d be able to relax once she got to Jamaica. Ellis-Hebard said, “I laughed. I said ‘I would love to be going there but I have a beach where I live.'” That’s when the flight attendant said, “This plane is going to Jamaica.”
… Turns out there had been a gate change while Ellis-Hebarb was in the bathroom, and when she came back to what she thought was still her gate, passengers had already boarded a flight to Jamaica. Worried the jetway door would close and she would miss her flight, she rushed over to the airline agent, who helped rush her onto the plane. Somehow, checking her passport was overlooked.
… Ultimately, Jamaican authorities allowed Ellis-Hebard to remain in the jetway, which she was told is considered U.S. soil. The flight crew remained with her until the next flight to Philadelphia took off several hours later.