On Tuesday, IndiGo airlines have offloaded a passenger after he has protested the tight security and mentioned the word “bomb” to airline staffs, amid increasing tensions between Pakistan and India and high-security alerts on all airports and airlines in India.
Kerala reportedly informed the airline staffs at Chennai Airport that “Am I carrying a bomb in my bag?” the passenger was identified as Alex Mathew, who is a resident of Pathanamthitta.
IndiGo Airlines confirmed that the incident took place at Chennai Airport around 1930 hours during SLPC (Secondary Ladder Point Security) of Indigo flight to Bhubaneswar from Cochin.
The SLPC check involves a final round passengers’ checking with their belongings once the compulsory checks of CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) are done. It is conducted by airline officials just when the passengers are about to board the flight. The SLPC check involves a second round of hand baggage and frisking inspection at the boarding point.
Immediately after the incident, Dog Squad, a Quick Response Team, Disposal Squad, and Bomb Detection has reached the spot and carried out the checking of the passenger’s luggage and belongings. However, the call was termed as “non-specific” after nothing was found suspicious.
The Kerala man has offloaded the flight and following security, rules were handed over to the local police for further investigation.