Sex offender got through TSA checkpoint using woman’s boarding pass

Michael Salata jail booking photo


SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — A sex offender used a stolen ticket to get through security at the Salt Lake City International Airport and managed to make it to the flight check-in gate.

Police say on Nov. 5, Michael Salata, 61, stole a woman’s Southwest Airlines boarding pass that she had accidentally left at an airport kiosk. He then used the boarding pass to get through a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint.

Police say Salata wasn’t caught until the woman who had left the pass also checked in using a replacement ticket uploaded on her phone.

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He was in the process of boarding a flight to Oakland when he got caught. Police say Salata was not carrying any items that would be cause for alarm.

TSA spokeswoman Lori Dankers says that aside from the identification mistake, Salata was properly screened.

Southwest says its employees followed protocol.

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Salata was arrested and is being investigated on suspicion of fraudulent handling of a recordable writing which is a third-degree felony. NBC affiliate KSL TV reported that Salata is registered as a sex offender in Utah.

No lawyer was listed for Salata Thursday.

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