Drama at IGI Airport T3 as MP insists on taking knife on flight

It was a key ring, not knife, says MP Rawat; article carried in aircraft’s ‘hold area’

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Published: June 3, 2017 3:37 am
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BJP MP from Barabanki Priyanka Singh Rawat on Friday insisted on taking an “unfolded knife” with her on a flight, leading to a long argument between her and officials at Indira Gandhi International Airport’s Terminal 3 in the capital. She eventually agreed to put the knife in the “hold area” of the Air India aircraft, where arms and ammunition are stored in the custody of Air India crew members.

O P Singh, DG, CISF, which looks after security at airports, confirmed the incident. “Our security personnel detected an unfolded knife in her hand baggage and firmly informed her about the rules. But she refused to remove it and we had to call the Air India duty manager to convince her.”

Rawat denied that such an incident had taken place and maintained that she had followed all rules. “It was not a knife, they detected a keyring in my hand baggage,” she said.

Sources told The Indian Express that Rawat was taking Air India flight-411 to Lucknow. “The flight was scheduled for 7.10 am. Around 6.15 am, at security checking, security personnel detected an unfolded knife when her hand baggage was put inside the X-ray machine. The personnel informed her that carrying the item is prohibited, citing civil aviation ministry rules,” sources said.

Sources said Rawat, a first-time MP who was recently in news for allegedly threatening to “skin” additional superintendent of police (north) K Gyananjay Singh over reported misconduct, refused to take out the unfolded knife. “She told the personnel that it was her son’s knife, and that she is an MP. She got into an argument with CISF officers, who then called senior officers to try and convince her,” sources said.

Security officials later called the duty manager of Air India, who tried to convince Rawat and informed her about their rules. “Security officials told her to call someone and hand over the knife to him. When she refused, they suggested she put the knife in the check-in baggage. But she wasn’t keen on this either,” sources said, adding that she also threatened to file an FIR against security personnel.

Eventually, the duty manager told her the flight was about to take off, and that passengers were getting late. “Rawat asked the duty manager to give her knife to the aircraft crew, saying they can carry it for her. But crew members informed them this wasn’t allowed either. The duty manager later asked her to put the knife in the ‘hold area’, and she agreed,” sources said.

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    Dr Anand
    Jun 3, 2017 at 1:39 pm
    She should have been thrown out of the airport. Period. Why offer her privileges?
    1. G
      Jun 3, 2017 at 12:43 pm
      The netas are so shameless that they think they can get away with all the lies even when there is CCTV footage by simply uttering I did not do this .
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        Anil Sharma
        Jun 3, 2017 at 11:59 am
        As an ex-cabin crew member, allow me to point out that there is no such thing as" “hold area” of the Air India aircraft, where arms and ammunition are stored in the custody of Air India crew members". The prohibited items go to the cargo holds. Having said that, given the love of our media for highlighting all incidents pertaining to the Sangh Parivar, the BJP should advise its MLAs/MPs to conduct themselves with dignity. Well done CISF!!
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          L bhadrapati Devi
          Jun 3, 2017 at 10:03 am
          Why such arrogant Rajput woman carry knife in aircraft against the rule? She should show decency and say sorry for including that knife without her knowledge. Public security is more important than this hopeless MPs.
          1. M
            Jun 3, 2017 at 9:47 am
            It will take many many years before the modern rulers agree to abide by the rules.They always insist that they are a cl by themselves and no rules are applicable to them.
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