Passenger boards aircraft with month-old boarding pass

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 13:14

New Delhi: In a security breach, a passenger
was allowed to board an aircraft of a private airline at the IGI airport here on the basis of a month-old boarding pass.

The incident took place on February 10, when a passenger
went past the security check, manned by CISF personnel, at the
Terminal-3 of the IGI airport and was allowed to board a
Kolkata-bound Kingfisher flight.

It was only when the passenger was inside the aircraft,
it was found that another traveller was occupying the seat
allotted to him.

On closer inspection, it was found that he was carrying a
computerised web check-in boarding pass dated January 10 which
went undetected till the passenger had boarded the aircraft.
When contacted, a Kingfisher spokesperson said the
airline was carrying out a detailed investigation into the

On preliminary inquiry, it was revealed that the
passenger was accepted for travel on February 10 as he held a
distinct PNR number in his name which clearly indicated a
valid reservation for that particular day and flight number, a
Kingfisher statement said.
Moreover, he was allowed to board the flight only after
confirming his eligibility for travel and properly verifying
his identity prior to travel.

Meanwhile, the CISF which is responsible for airport
security, said they were probing the matter.


First Published: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 13:14

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