NEW DELHI: Lifestyles imitated artwork at the IGI Airport on Monday when safety personnel caught a man impersonating a Lufthansapilotwhereas catching a flight to Kolkata onAirAsia India— an act harking serve to the lead personality in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Procure Me If You Can’.
In the movie, con artist Frank Abagnale Jr (performed by Leonardo DeCaprio) pretends to be a Pan Am pilot, among his many impersonations, whereas swindling hundreds of thousands of bucks.
While the con jobs of Rajan Mahbubani, a resident of Vasant Kunj, weren’t as financially rewarding, he has admitted to taking greater than 15 flights within the previous impersonating as a pilot and getting preferential cure a lot like free upgrades and insist derive entry to to the airplane without ready in queues, police mentioned.
Mahbubani even boasted about this on social media to galvanize company purchasers and mates, police added.
The impersonator is learnt to be pleased told Lufthansa officers that he had bought the false ID from Bangkok and historical it “at Delhi and Kolkata airports an improbable various of instances within the final six months. He historical to title himself as a knowledgeable and trainer with the Lufthansa nefarious at Kolkata,” mentioned sources.
Mahbubani became as soon as apprehended whereas searching for to desire flight I5-579 at 12.35 pm on Monday after the airline called up Lufthansa to be pleased a look at his credentials.
“AirAsia India from Delhi Airport called up Lufthansa site of job to substantiate the shuttle of this particular person, who became as soon as carrying the German carrier’s uniform and had an id card. Lufthansa straight sent its team to contact this particular person at boarding gate 52 right by the safety protect space of T3, Delhi Airport. When confronted by Lufthansa officers, this particular person admitted to impersonation,” mentioned sources.
AirAsia India confirmed this case of untrue id. “The actual particular person in predict became as soon as impersonating as an employee of Lufthansa airways. He became as soon as handed over to the airport police and an investigation has been ordered. We would grab to emphasise that we stand by all safety policies and till the time the investigation is performed we would possibly maybe well perhaps be unable to provide command small print on the subject of this,” mentioned AirAsia India’s chief of safety.
The Lufthansa team requested CISF and AirAsia India groups to offload this particular person from the flight and handed him over to IGI Airport police for added investigation.
“We handed him over to Delhi Police for added action,” mentioned a CISF knowledgeable. Sources command he is being jointly interrogated by police and intelligence companies.
All over investigation, Mahbubani mentioned he impersonated a Lufthansa pilot to attain straightforward derive entry to right by the safety clearance and be pleased preferential cure from the safety companies and airways. He historical the passage customarily taken by crew contributors for entering into the airplane, the knowledgeable added.
Sanjay Bhatia, DCP (airport) mentioned that the passenger became as soon as carrying a cast id card purported to be issued from the Lufthansa Airways.
Bhatia mentioned the impersonator, at instances, even managed to derive his seat upgraded. Mahbubani additionally published that he became as soon as eager about getting himself photographed in completely different uniforms.
“There are pictures in his phone of him posing as an Military Colonel. The passenger had additionally posted videos carrying completely different uniforms on TikTok. He had travelled on varied times the employ of the identical modus operandi. The shuttle historical previous of the passenger is being scanned. An in-depth verification is additionally being performed,” mentioned Bhatia.