Friday, December 23, 2016

For group of 6 flying to Kuala Lumpur, their cheap tickets turn out to be fake

Trichy: Travellers better think twice before buying tickets from agents as people are increasingly falling prey to fraudsters selling fake tickets. Immigration officials at Trichy International Airport detained six travellers as they were about to board a Malaysia bound Air Asia flight, on charges of possessing fake flight tickets. However, after interrogation, they were released. Since Air Asia had not filed a complaint, cases were not booked against them.
According to airport authorities, while the staff from immigration were engaged in verifying documents including passport and travel ticket, they found that a group of six people, scheduled to fly to Kuala Lumpur on an Air Asia flight, possessed fake tickets. Consequently, the officials conducted an enquiry with them.
The six people with fake tickets include D Krishna, 29, M Lingaraj, 29, M Dinesh, 22, R Ninykesa, 25, S Shiba, 29 and S Beemasen, 36, all hailing from Vali Wada in Bhuvaneshwar. During interrogation, it was found that the youths had approached a private travel agency after seeing an advertisement in a vernacular daily.
The agency had told them to travel to Trichy via Chennai. As per their direction, the group travelled to Chennai and from there, they boarded an Air India Express flight to get to Trichy. None of them knew the name of the travel agency that sold them the tickets. The six where handed over to the airport police. Only when they were detained did the group know they had been cheated by their travel agency in Bengaluru. They were however released soon after interrogation. They decided to take up the issue with the travel agency when they returned to Bangalore, police sources said.
23/12/16 Vincent Arockiaraj/Times of India
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