The army engineer failed to board the second flight he had booked for 10.15 am after missing an earlier one. He was worried about infuriating his boss.
We are prone to do crazy things like running away without paying the taxi driver when we are about to miss a flight or an important appointment. But we bet your story is not as entertaining as this one.
An Indian Army Engineer caused quite a ruckus on February 21, 2023, at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in India. Ajmeer Bhadraiah, 59, a superintending engineer of the Military Engineering Service, missed his 5.15 am Indigo flight from Hyderabad to Chennai and also failed to board the second flight he had booked for 10.15 am, reports Times of India. He then faked a bogus bomb threat in an attempt to delay the flight. Daring, eh?
The traveler shamelessly demanded to board the flight and tried to convince officials to not let the plane fly without him. He even got into a heated argument with airline personnel. But his request was denied. So, instead of ruminating about his mistake, he allegedly called the police control room and informed them that there was a possible bomb threat in the flight in flight 6E-6151. Ouch!
Bhadraiah possibly took a cue from some movie, as it sounds like a scene straight out of the minds of Hollywood writers. Airport inspector R. Srinivas inspected the passenger and confirmed to the publication, "By the time he reached the airport, the boarding gates were closed. He was annoyed and threatened that the flight will not leave. He then called Dial-100 from his phone and claimed there was a bomb on the plane."
The airport inspector alerted the Bomb Threat Committee and other airport security personnel upon learning about the possible bomb threat. The Deogarh-bound Indigo flight made an emergency landing following the bomb alert. And when the inspector confronted Bhadraiah, he admitted to making the hoax phone call. The reason for his idiotic act was not like how it's shown in the movies—a girlfriend leaving the country before the man could express his feelings but rather it was Bhadraiah's boss's threat that made him do this.
"He made the call out of frustration after missing two flights as he was upset that he could not report to duty," Shamshabad ACP V Bhaskar reported to the publication. Despite creating tension at the airport and causing inconvenience to fellow passengers, the 59-year-old army officer didn't intend any harm.
The officials apologized to the passengers that suffered unnecessary inconvenience at the hands of the man and immediately took him into custody. His charges include intimidation and violation of the Aircraft Act, resulting in heavy fines and also in prison sentences, per LADbible.
Fearing that he would miss the flight, a passenger who was travelling to Chennai from Hyderabad made a bomb threat call to Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.#Chennai #Hyderabad | @Jay_Apoorva18 https://t.co/apnmPtCurw— IndiaToday (@IndiaToday) February 20, 2023
He just did not want to miss his duty and get recorded in his boss's bad books but ended up in the cops' bad books for breaking the law.