Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

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Chrissy Teigen captivates the internet with her 8-hour ‘flight to nowhere’

This was intense—and hilarious.


Brianna Stone


Posted on Dec 27, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 6:48 am CDT

A pregnant Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, along with 224 other passengers, spent four hours on a plane to Tokyo before it turned around unexpectedly and went back to LAX.

Tuesday evening, Teigen tweeted that this was a first for her, calling it an 8-hour “flight to nowhere.”

In her characteristically charming way, Teigen livetweeted updates about the incident as it unfolded, building suspense over whether she would ever get out of airport sequestation. She said a passenger had gotten on the wrong flight, and after the plane landed in a secure area, those who were seated near the misplaced passenger were interviewed by police.

During the hullabaloo, another passenger, who marked the occasion with his first tweet, was able to snap a selfie with Teigen and Legend.

In a statement, All Nippon Airways said the plane left LAX at 11:36 a.m. and returned at 7:33 p.m. “During the flight, the cabin crew became aware that one of the passengers boarded the incorrect flight and notified the pilot,” the statement said. “As part of the airline’s security procedure, the pilot in command decided to return to the originating airport, where the passenger was disembarked.”

ANA said it is currently investigating the situation to determine how the passenger was able to board the flight.

By early Wednesday morning Teigen and Legend were able to get on another flight and were again Tokyo-bound.

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*First Published: Dec 27, 2017, 8:40 am CST