Plane returns to LA because passenger was on wrong flight

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Teigen started tweeting to her 9.2 million followers about her "flight to nowhere" and chronicled the whole ordeal.

Law enforcement sources told ABC that the brothers, who are both American citizens, each had tickets to Tokyo; one ticket was for ANA and the other was for United Airlines.

A Japanese airliner bound for Tokyo was forced to turn around over the Pacific Ocean and return to Los Angeles on Tuesday after the discovery of an "unauthorised person" among the 150 passengers on board.

The airline said the turnaround was a required part of security procedures when someone gets on the wrong flight.

"During the flight, the cabin crew became aware that one of the passengers boarded the incorrect flight and notified the pilot", the statement said.

The ANA flight took off from LAX at 11:36am on Tuesday and landed at the same airport at 7:32pm - a total flying time of seven hours and 56 minutes.

Although Teigen never got any answers before having to deplane, getting settled into a airport lounge and eventually boarding a new flight, CNN has uncovered what went down - although it may or may not put her mind to rest.

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As a result of the diversion, passengers spent 8 hours on board the flight to nowhere.

At the time of the diversion, ANA Flight 175 was flying over the Pacific Ocean, almost four hours into an 11-hour flight to Tokyo Narita Airport.

ANA Flight 175 turned around four hours into the flight, the LAX Police Department said. Thankfully, Teigen live-Tweeted the entire cringe-worthy saga for all to enjoy.

"We can't be near the common folk", she tweeted. Why not just land in Tokyo and send the other person back? She said no charges were filed, but the investigation is ongoing.

"We apologize to all of our passengers on Flight 175; we failed to deliver the customer service we strive for", the airline tweeted Wednesday.

Mystery surrounds how the passenger had been allowed to board the wrong plane, with reports saying he or she had a ticket for a different airline.