Laravel - Getting Started - Not Found Exceptions

Sometimes you may wish to throw an exception if a model is not found. This is particularly useful in routes or controllers. The findOrFail and firstOrFail methods will retrieve the first result of the query; however, if no result is found, an Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\ModelNotFoundException will be thrown:

    $flight = Flight::findOrFail(1);
    $flight = Flight::where('legs', '>', 3)->firstOrFail();

If the ModelNotFoundException is not caught, a 404 HTTP response is automatically sent back to the client:

    use App\Models\Flight;
    Route::get('/api/flights/{id}', function ($id) {
        return Flight::findOrFail($id);