Friday, July 28, 2017

Airlines lose huge money on hoax bomb calls; maximum calls received in Delhi

New Delhi: Indian airlines lose huge money due to hoax calls about bomb threats in flights and airports in the country. More than 100 such hoax calls were received in last three years, it has been found. Delhi received the maximum number of hoax calls followed by Mumbai and Bangalore.

Worrying is the fact that the number of hoax calls has gone up in the last two years.  According to government data accessed by the New Indian Express, there were 14 hoax calls in 2014. This figure grew to 34 in 2015 and the number of hoax calls increased to 54 in 2016. This year, so far, 32 hoax calls related to bombs in flights or airports have been received.

In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on hoax calls in flights and airports, minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha on Thursday said hoax calls result in not just impacting finances of airlines but also causes huge inconvenience to passengers. The minister disclosed that 120 bomb hoax calls were received in India in the three years.

The minister, however, said it is difficult to quantify loss in monetary terms but the aviation industry sources told Express that they have lost crores of money because of the hoax call menace.  According to statistics, 40 bomb hoax calls were received at Delhi airport in last three years while Mumbai and Bangalore received 17 and 14 calls each.
27/07/17 Sana Shakil/New Indian Express