In a first such case at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), an Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur alumnus entered the domestic terminal with a fake e-ticket Wednesday night. While he was apprehended by officials of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) while trying to leave the terminal, the incident highlighted the CISF’s constant complaint that e-tickets continue to be a security threat.
On Wednesday, IIT-Kharagpur alumnus Shaswat Kumar forged his friend Annu Sharma’s e-ticket and entered the terminal to see Sharma off. Sharma was travelling to Delhi on an IndiGo flight.
While CISF men checked Kumar’s documents and he was allowed inside the terminal, the CISF stopped him while he was trying to step out of the same gate, 1B, said officials.
“Kumar could not furnish the airline’s letter required to step out of the terminal as per the norm and on further enquiry admitted that he had entered the terminal on a forged ticket,” said an official from the CISF. When the CISF checked with the airline, the PNR was listed against Sharma, who had already boarded the flight.
Kumar has been booked under sections of the IPC and IT Act. He was remanded in police custody Thursday, said Rajendra Nagbhirey, senior inspector, Airport police.
According to CISF officials, there is no way to verify if the person carrying an e-ticket is a genuine passenger. “The name on his official documents and the name on the e-ticket will match even on a fake ticket. While such a person may not be able to board a flight, he still has access to sensitive areas of the airport— a concern we have time and again raised with the civil aviation ministry,” said the CISF official.