Monday, October 30, 2017

Put person who created scare on Jet flight on No Fly List: Aviation minister

New Delhi: The passenger who allegedly created the false hijack scare on Jet Airways flight+ on Monday morning may become the first person to be put on India's No Fly List. Aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Tweeted, saying: "I am informed that person responsible for Jet flt 339 (Mum-Del) incident causing the landing at Ahmedabad today morn. has been identified. I am advising airlines to put him on the No-Fly list immediately, in addition to other statutory criminal action."
A top security official said a passenger seated on the flight's business class section (seat 1A), Salla Birju, had reportedly confessed keeping the note to destabilise operations of Jet. "Birju is also reported to be having an affair with some lady crew of Jet. On earlier occasion, in July, he had created ruckus with Jet saying that there was cockroach in his meal," said the official.

The note Birju allegedly left in the aircraft lavatory that led to the scare threatened to blow up the plane mid-air unless it is diverted to PoK.

The plane was diverted to Ahmedabad where it landed safely. Checks by the bomb disposal squad found no explosive in the plane and the note was a hoax.
Birju may now become the first person to be put on the No Fly List that came to force in India recently. Before this list was in force, Indian carriers had barred two MPs — Shiv Sena's Ravindra Gaikwad and later TDP's Divakar Reddy — from flying for some time after these two Parliamentarians misbehaved with airline and airport staff. Gaikwad had threatened to beat up an Air India employee with his sandals inside an aircraft while Reddy had misbehaved with IndiGo airport staff at Vizag.
30/10/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India