Friday, August 24, 2018

Fake Air India letter saying airline to be shut down by October 1 creates panic, govt orders probe

New Delhi: A fake staff notification on Air India (AI) letterhead dated August 25, 2018, informing that the airline will be permanently shut down by October 1 and that employees should look for alternate jobs created panic among AI personnel on Friday night. The fake mail was circulated among members, especially on WhatsApp groups. Aviation secretary RN Choubey and AI chairman PS Kharola confirmed the letter was fake. Choubey said the government is ordering a probe to find out who is behind it.
While the fake letter - with the subject "Air India to be closed permanently on 1st October, 2018, as per Government Order" - was a bombshell for AI employees, the first line was a giveaway that it may be fake. As it claimed AI was being shut due to a memorandum from the Supreme Court! "It is fake and a very poor quality fake," said a senior official.
24/08/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India