Wolf In Sheep's Clothing -- Man Dresses Up As LH Pilot To Avoid Airport Lineup

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

In a real life rerun of “Catch Me If You Can”, a Delhi man took up Leonardo DiCaprio’s famous role and disguised himself as an airline pilot to glide through airport security. (No word on whether a bevy of flight attendants were in tow.)

Rajan Mahbubani dressed in a full Lufthansa pilot outfit, complete with gold captain’s bars and aviators in the breast pocket, in order to fast-track himself through DEL.

Surprisingly, it wasn't the first time he had pulled this con but it was the first time he was caught at the departure gate.

The masquerader was waiting for his Air Asia flight to Kolkata when he began raising eyebrows, and Air Asia called Lufthansa to verify his identity. LH dispatched security to the gate, and Leo was caught. 

India’s Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Delhi Police subsequently intervened.

According to The Independent, the phoney got his hands on a LH ID in Bangkok and had enjoyed 15 flights in his Lufthansa gig, with upgrades, queue jumping and getting himself waved through security. 

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.



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