A passenger on a flight was mistaken for a Federal Air Marshal by a flight attendant who handed him a note informing him of two other armed passengers on the plane.
William Stratton was getting ready for his flight from Chicago to Phoenix on Feb. 7 when the incident occurred, Fox 10 reported.
“We were about to pull away from the gate, and the flight attendant said sir, here is the rest of your boarding pass and handed me a white piece of paper,” Stratton told Fox 10.
Stratton said the note, which was written on a cocktail napkin, had seat numbers “10F” and “13F” written at the top. It read “other armed passengers” at the bottom, according to Independent.
“Well, I didn't really know what to think,” Stratton said. “I went up to her and said ma'am; this wasn't intended for me. And she just said oh god, and that was it.”
The note was meant to notify an Air Marshal that there were two other law enforcement officers on the plane with guns. The notification is considered standard procedure on flights. The problem was that Stratton was not an Air Marshal.
“The note was handed to another customer instead of the person it was intended for after the customer changed seats on the plane,” Frontier Airlines said in a statement to the news station.
But Stratton said his boarding pass proves that wasn’t the case.
“Those are the seats we were assigned; those are the seats we sat in,” Stratton said. “I can't imagine it's very easy just to change seats, let alone with someone who is assigned a specific seat for safety purposes.”
Stratton said he was mostly concerned about how the airline could make such a mistake. He said he hopes they will reexamine their policies and procedures to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.
A former Air Marshal told Fox 10 it could have been a catastrophic mistake if the person who mistakenly received the note had bad intentions.