Saturday, March 04, 2017

Mumbai model held for crying 'bomb' just before boarding flight for Delhi

A Mumbai woman was arrested after she triggered panic in Sahar airport's T2 on Thursday night by asking security to "check her friend's handbag carefully as it had a bomb inside" and then getting into an argument with CISF officials.
A seemingly thoughtless prank not only delayed an AI flight to Delhi by over an hour, but it could cost her up to three years in jail after she was charged with endangering the life of others and causing fear or alarm among the public. She is out on bail. Around 8pm on Thursday, Kanchan Thakur, a 27-year-old model, queued up with three friends to board Air India flight 101. She passed the boarding gate first, and when it was her friends' turn, she turned to the flight security guard and made the "bomb" comment. Immediately, all hell broke loose. In panic, the security called in CISF and airport officials.
After initial questioning, CISF officials asked AI to offload the baggage of the four and leave without them. At this point, Thakur broke her silence, saying she had meant the comment as a joke. With the security officials unmoved, she got into a heated argument with them. The flight offloaded their checked-in baggage and left after 10pm, over an hour behind its scheduled departure at 9pm. Along with Thakur, her friends were also held back. It delayed one friend's Delhi visit to meet her ailing mother.
All three have been asked not to leave the city. CISF officials, tasked with maintaining security in India's airports, first checked the baggage of all four. "The furious model again had an argument with the CISF and claimed that when real terrorists walk into aircraft they do nothing and when she just cracked a joke, they turned it into such a big thing," said the police. Later, officials took them to the Sahar police station.
04/03/17 V Narayan/Times Of India
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