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Local Teacher Worried About Security for International Flights After Major Mistake During Holidays

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KENNEWICK, WA. -- A Kennewick substitute teacher retold to us what can only be described as a horror story when she tried to get back to the Tri-Cities after an adventurous trip to Belize during the holidays.

What she had to say will make you cringe just for what she had to go through, and will also leave you wondering just how safe and secure our international flights are. 

It wasn't Krista Williams' 10-day backpacking trip to Belize that was the problem.

"Overall an amazing experience, and I also went to Guatemala," Williams said. 

The problem was the trip home. 

"My mom wanted me to be home for Christmas," Williams said. 

Krista's long, strange story started on December 23rd.

"I went to check in and I didn't have my debit card with me," Williams told us. 

The Delta attendants wouldn't let Krista board the flight without the debit card she paid with. So after hours of frustration, she bought another $600 ticket for the next day. By then, it was getting late in dangerous Belize City. 

"I was really uncomfortable and upset with being put in that situation because I specifically avoided Belize City for this reason," Krista said. 

Luckily, Krista found a nearby hotel with a direct shuttle back to the airport for the next day. The morning of Christmas Eve, Krista boarded her flight, on the tarmac the flight was canceled because the crew on board had overworked their time limit. 

Krista was beside herself. 

"Oh my gosh, no, not again!" she said to us. 

This is where the story gets really bizarre. The next day Krista got onto another flight and finally made it into the United States and past customs. 

But at the ticket counter, trying to book the last leg of her trip, a Delta worker told her she wasn't supposed to be in the U.S. She had flown in accidentally using a man from Florida's boarding pass, with an entirely different name on it.

Krista couldn't believe it. Then she started thinking about what this lapse of security meant. 

"There's a reason that they check our ID's and we have to go through all of these different check points," she said. "I got onto an airplane, I flew into the U.S., I went through customs, I went through secondary customs and nobody noticed it."

Krista says despite how shocked she is at the incompetence of the entire situation, she looks back and laughs at what she went through. 

"It's really funny," Williams joked. "It's like a comedy of errors and absolutely just the kind of thing that would happen to me."

Krista says despite her horrible experience with Delta, this isn't going to stop her from traveling. In fact, she's already planning her next trip. She just hopes by sharing this story and also talking to delta, she can help prevent this from ever happening again.
 

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