An Indian army engineer was arrested Monday for allegedly calling in a fake bomb threat in a last-ditch effort to delay his flight that he had already missed earlier that morning, NY Post reported.
Ajmeer Bhadraiah, 59, a superintending engineer of the Military Engineering Service, reportedly tried boarding a 10:15 a.m. IndiGo flight leaving from the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport after missing his initial 5:15 a.m. flight but was denied at the gate due to his late arrival, according to police.
Airport police said Bhadraiah got into a verbal dispute with airline personnel and demanded to be let on to the flight, reported the Times of India. When his request was rejected,
“the passenger threatened to stop the flight and called the police control room informing them about a bomb in flight 6E-6151, and demanded that it be stopped from taking off,”
said airport police inspector R. Srinivas.
Srinivas said he immediately alerted the Bomb Threat Assessment Committee at the airport after learning of the threat. Bhadraiah allegedly admitted to making the phony call after being probed by authorities.
“He made the call out of frustration after missing two flights as he was upset that he could not report to duty,”
Cyberabad Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner of Police V. Bhaskar told the Times of India.
Officials said the hoax call
“inconvenienced many passengers at the Hyderabad airport by triggering security checks that resulted in delays,”
reports state. Bhadraiah was arrested and charged with “intimidation and violation of the Aircraft Act,” according to the outlet.
#Clique, what are your thoughts?
📸: Unsplash/ Praveen Thirumurugan