Young Man Poses As Senior At DEL, But Security Staff Weren’t Fooled

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Out of disguise.

In disguise.

It was an impressive disguise, but sharp-eyed staff at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport weren’t fooled.

A seemingly frail elderly passenger with a snow-white beard and oversized glasses reached security in a wheelchair. 

It was around 10.45 p.m. on the evening of 8SEPT, and the man was hoping to get on an overnight flight to New York. 

But something wasn’t quite right. "He posed as if he was very old and incapacitated," Shrikant Kishore, a senior official with the Central Industrial Security Force, told CNN. 

Dressed in a white tunic and trousers, with a white turban and black slippers, the passenger proved reluctant to be frisked. 

"Our screener asked the person in the wheelchair to stand. He said that he cannot stand. Our screener asked if he would stand with support. He reluctantly stood up."

That's when the officer noticed that while the passenger's beard and hair were white, the roots were black. He also was working hard to avoid the officer's eyes.

When asked for his passport, the individual handed over documentation claiming that he was Amrick Singh, born in Delhi in FEB 1938, making him 81 years old. 

Security wasn’t buying it. "He was definitely not 80 years old. His skin was of a younger person," Kishore said. 

Upon further questioning, the man told security staff that he was, in fact, 32-year-old Jayesh Patel, a resident of Gujarat state. 

As he was holding a fake passport, he was detailed by security and handed over to immigration authorities. Kishore told CNN that he doesn't know what the current status of the case is or the reason behind the impersonation. 

Bruce Parkinson

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An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.



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