But for Teigen, who was traveling with her husband, the singer John Legend, the incident provided ideal Twitter fodder for her devoted followers. "We all have the same questions".
A statement from the airline says the pilot chose to return to the originating airport as part of the airline's security procedures.
A USA government official with knowledge of the situation says the incident involved two brothers - one ticketed on ANA and the other on a United Airlines flight leaving around the same time.
'They keep saying the person had a United ticket.More news: Southampton: Liverpool agree Virgil van Dijk signing
She also added: "I don't know why I'm not more upset about this".
The Twitter rant began with Teigen explaining the situation, expressing frustration.
"Taking off! Please don't be the same menu please don't be the same menu", she quipped. So basically the boarding pass scanner is just a beedoop machine that makes beedoop noises that register to nowhere, ' Teigen tweeted.
One fellow passenger later took a selfie with the couple and shared it as his first-ever tweet.More news: Hatch, Tribune Trade Barbs Over 'Utahn Of The Year' Editorial
Airport police told reports that there was a "mix-up" but that everything was resolved now. Plus she posted videos of her reporting live updates of the situation.
The flight finally took off about five hours ago.
It may seem outrageous, but it is surprisingly common for planes to return to their point of origin midway through a flight, analysts said.
In a statement, All Nippon Airways said they were investigating how the mistake occurred. ANA and United are codeshare partners.More news: CNN Reporter Falsely Claims Republicans Funded Trump-Russia Dossier
"We apologize to all of our passengers on Flight 175; we failed to deliver the customer service we strive for", the airline tweeted Wednesday. Per The Guardian, an unidentified "rogue passenger" somehow boarded the wrong plane-a la Kevin McCallister in Home Alone 2: Lost In New York-and no one noticed until everyone was hovering somewhere over the North Pacific.