Jet Airways passenger tweets ‘hijack’ to PM Modi after flight diversion, delay

Following up on the tweet, airport security officials immediately conducted a thorough search at the Jaipur airport. The passenger too was offloaded and questioned.

By: Express Web Desk | Jaipur | Updated: April 28, 2017 9:53 am
jet airways delay, hijack threat, jet airways hijack threat, passenger tweets to modi, narendra modi, pm modi, india news Flight 9W355 was diverted to Jaipur instead of reaching Delhi due to bad weather in the capital. (Representational)

After a Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight was diverted to Jaipur reportedly due to bad weather conditions and air traffic congestion, a passenger on board tweeted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying the aircraft could have been “hijacked”. “@narendramodi sir we have been in jet airways flight for past 3 hrs , looks like hijacked, pl help 9W355,” the passenger, who had boarded from Mumbai, wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

Following up on his tweet, airport security officials immediately conducted a thorough search at the Jaipur airport. The passenger too was offloaded and questioned. Flight 9W355, carrying 176 people on board, was delayed by a few hours due to the diversion.

Jet Airways spokesperson later said the tweet necessitated activation of the security protocol. “The information was promptly shared with the authorities concerned including the CISF, and the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and local law enforcement agencies in line with Standard Operating Procedures,” he said. The spokesperson also added that the passenger was subsequently offloaded for questioning.

The aircraft was checked before it took off to Delhi. Acting JIA director M P Bansal told news agency PTI that five other Jet Airways and one Oman Air flight were diverted to Jaipur airport owing to traffic congestion.

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  1. J
    Apr 28, 2017 at 12:40 pm
    A flight from Mumbai to Delhi should not take more than 2 hours and if it is getting dela significantly or diverted, it is the Captain's responsibility to timely inform the p engers. Even a bus driver/ conductor does that. Shows poor customer service on part of Jet Airways. The umption by the p enger may not be incorrect; remember 9/11, messages from the p enger's phone did ist in joining the dots. All it needs on part of the airline is to be more sensitive to the customer's genuine concerns; and on the part of the p enger to be more aware of the environment before escalating an issue.
    1. K
      Apr 28, 2017 at 12:38 pm
      The real bhakt , he thought modiji will come flying and save him.:)
      1. A
        Apr 28, 2017 at 11:00 am
        Wat the heck. sounds like a 5 year old child calling for his mommy .
        1. R
          Apr 28, 2017 at 10:42 am
          Hint of a bhakt. He is stupid and just as bhakts are.
          1. Channel Ayurveda
            Apr 28, 2017 at 11:45 am
            You seem to be quite high headed. Good for you
          2. S
            Apr 28, 2017 at 10:30 am
            What a Cu t he is... No words really!! This is what happens when you say twitter twitter everywhere... A Total F kwitt
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