Friday, February 23, 2007

Cleared airport security, flew out - on wrong ticket

A passenger cleared airport security in the Indian capital, Delhi, and flew out on a private airline - all on the wrong ticket, it has emerged.
Mr A Srinivas should have been on Air Sahara's 18 February flight to Kochi in southern India but flew a week earlier by mistake, with no questions asked.
Airport security officials said anybody with a valid ticket is allowed inside the terminal building.
Air Sahara did not respond to BBC's queries on the incident.
Mr Srinivas told the BBC it all began with his getting the date wrong.
"I had fixed a meeting in Kochi on 18 February. My tickets were booked accordingly. But somehow I thought I was leaving a week earlier on 11 February."
No one at Delhi airport picked up his error.
"The security at the airport entrance looked at my e-ticket and waved me in. Another security man looked at it too," Mr Srinivas says.
At the "crowded" Sahara Airlines counter, Mr Srinivas presented his ticket for flight number S2 147.
"The airline official started drumming on her keyboard. There seemed to be some problem. She resumed typing again," he recounted.
"She looked up and asked me if I had baggage to check in. When I said no, she asked my seat preference, and I asked for an aisle seat."
Mr Srinivas said that without any other questions asked, the airline gave him a boarding pass to fly to Kochi.
Only when he arrived there three hours later, did he realise he had made a mistake.
"It was a security lapse of the worst kind. No one had noticed that I was carrying a ticket for a later date. It is all about overworked airline officials and casual airport security persons", said Mr Srinivas.
22/02/07 BBC News, UK
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