Thursday, October 21, 2021

Airline returns bags with articles ‘missing’

Pune:The Yerawada police are investigating a 45-year-old woman’s complaint of costly gifts, chocolates, perfumes, clothes and other valuables, collectively worth Rs1.4lakh, missing from her two travel bags, which were initially ‘misplaced’ by a global airline while she was travelling from San Francisco, the US, to Mumbai, between September 29 afternoon and early hours of October 1, and then returned to her.

The woman had raised the issue of missing bags with the airline, which managed to trace and return the same to her around 3.30pm on October 3.

However, on opening the bags, she found the gifts and other articles missing. The police have invoked a charge of criminal breach of trust in the case.

When contacted, the woman told TOI, “I have lodged a complaint with the police, who are investigating the case. I have nothing more to comment on the issue for now.”

Sub-inspector Bhagwan Gurav of the Yerawada police station said, “The woman went to the US on August 29 for her daughter’s admission to a degree course in a university.”

On September 29, she boarded her return flight to India from San Francisco around 3.30pm. She had to change to another flight of the same airline at Paris for her onward journey to Mumbai and since her two travel bags had more than the prescribed weight, she had to check-in her luggage again.

“However, on landing at the Mumbai airport around 00.30am on October 1, she realised that her two bags were missing and took up the matter with the airline authorities. She filled in a form reporting the missing bags and left for home at Yerawada in Pune. Later, on the afternoon of October 3, a representative of the airline delivered the two bags at her residence. On opening the two bags, she realised that many articles were missing,” the sub-inspector said.

“Following this, the woman passenger sent an email to the airline, which asked her to report the incident to the police. The airline officials on October 16 asked her to email them a copy of the police complaint and details of the articles and valuables missing from the bags,” Gurav said.

21/10/21 TImes of India

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