Cops: Woman Boards Plane Without Ticket: 'My Name and Faith is My I.D.'
A woman who claimed “my name and faith is my I.D.” bypassed an airport security checkpoint and boarded a plane at Nashville International Airport without showing identification or a boarding pass, officials said.
Naja Eva Haynes, 24, drove herself to the airport, parked and went inside, where she went to a TSA security checkpoint and through a lane without being screened on March 24, according to an arrest affidavit.
“(Haynes) then went to gate B5, got on a Delta Airlines plane without proper identification and occupied a seat near the rear,” the document said.
The Kentucky woman allegedly refused to provide I.D. when she was approached by a gate agent, and again refused when officers arrived, saying that her name and faith were her identification.
After being told several times to get off the plane and refusing, police “had to physically remove” Haynes from her seat and take her away in handcuffs, the affidavit said.
The plane was evacuated and cleared by a K-9 unit, officials said.
Haynes was arrested and charged with violation of airport and aircraft security and resisting arrest, court records show.
She is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday. She remained free on $3,000 bond.
Her attorney did not immediately respond to InsideEdition.com’s request for comment.
A TSA employee at the Nashville airport who had been placed on “nonscreening duty” while officials looking into the incident “has since resigned” a spokesperson told CNN.
“TSA is taking this incident seriously and will retrain employees as necessary to ensure compliance with standard operating procedures,” a statement released to CNN read.
Delta Air Lines told CNN Flight 1173 from Nashville to Atlanta was not actually boarding when Haynes “ran past” gate agents and onto the aircraft, which had come back to the gate to let some passengers off as thunderstorms in Atlanta delayed their departure.
Gate agents were reportedly working on getting travelers rebooked on other flights when Haynes slipped past.
Airline employees alerted authorities of the situation when they realized what occurred.