Airlines routinely provide free travel for their own employees and heavily-discounted fares to those of other airlines if there are empty seats.
A Georgia wannabe travel agent set up a system that allowed his customers to use those tickets to board aircraft while pretending to be employees of other airlines. He typically charged $2,000 for one year of unlimited flights.
Here is how it works. The scam agent would pose as an airline employee call an airline posing as an employee from another airline and obtain a discounted ticket. It would be booked in the name of the intended traveler, with a bogus employee identification number. Authorities said Myers coached his customers on how to dress and what to say if someone asked questions.
Now this Georgia man pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
In a plea agreement, Myers acknowledged he fraudulently booked hundreds of flights on United Airlines, JetBlue Airways and other carriers.
Myers was arrested last year at a hotel in Beverly Hills after agreeing to meet a ticket buyer who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.