When Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was taken off flight amid bomb scare at IGI airport

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was shifted to another plane at IGI Airport following an argument between a passenger and the CISF person.

Last Updated: Feb 03, 2016, 20:06 PM IST
When Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was taken off flight amid bomb scare at IGI airport
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Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi's daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was shifted to another plane at IGI Airport following an argument between a passenger and the CISF person frisking him.

As per a report in Mail Today, Priyanka was shifted following a bomb scare when she was traveling from Delhi to Chennai on a Jet Airways flight 9W-821 on Monday morning.

As per the report, a leather exporter who was to board the same flight casually told the security man that he had a bomb.

This triggered the scare.

The man was apparently irritated at being frisked.

Later he was interrogated for six hours by Intelligence Bureau officials, SPG and Delhi Police, the report said.

The was then allowed to board the flight.

"As he was carrying coins, the metal detector beeped and he was asked to take out the coins. Again when metal detector beeped, he was asked to take out a pen. When the CISF official enquired, he said bomb hai (it's a bomb). Immediately, the CISF raised an alarm and other security staff reached the spot," an official was quoted by the website as saying.

"After analysing the situation, the Special Protection Group (SPG) and other security agencies considered that passenger can be a 'possible threat'. He, along with his co-passenger, were taken to the police station. Again, agencies rechecked the aircraft for security reasons and allowed it to fly almost two hours after its scheduled departure time," the website further quoted sources as saying.

"We jointly interrogated the passenger. Later, he was let off after taking important information like address, etc," DCP IGI, DK Gupta told Mail Today.

Priyanka was put on another flight as the matter was sensitive.

She is a SPG protectee.