Saturday, November 05, 2016

Tarek Fatah flies without baggage after IGI mix-up

It only takes a check-in bag to flare the sparks of tense Indo-Pak ties these days.
Tarek Fatah, well known Canadian writer of Pakistani origin, was flying from Delhi to Goa on Friday to attend India Ideas 2016 Conclave being organised there. Fatah was booked on a Vistara flight (UK 847) and he gave his bags for check-in at the counter. However, the writer's bags were held back for advanced security checks.
"I was looking forward to @IndFoundation #IndiaIdeas Conclave in Goa, but #CISF security feels I'm a security threat & held back my luggage.... every other passenger got their luggage, except me. @airvistara let the terrorist fly, but held on to his bag!" Fatah said in a series of tweets.
Airline sources said that the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is responsible for aviation security, decided to subject Fatah's bags to further checks.
"At level 2 of automated screening, it was decided for passenger's bags must be subjected to the advanced level 4 checks. This meant that the bags would not have made it in time for uk 847. So we informed the passenger that his bags are being held back and that they would be sent later," said an official.
05/11/16 Saurabh Sinha/The Times Of India
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