Aviation

Businessman caught attempting aircraft pilot con

An Indian man has been arrested after being caught impersonating a Lufthansa pilot.

Rajan Mahbubani, 48, was reportedly arrested on Monday at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi for allegedly pretending to be a captain of the German airline.

Officials say Mahbubani, who reportedly owns a consultancy company, was about to board an AirAsia flight to Kolkata dressed as a pilot in order to avoid long queues and security checks, according to Indian television station NDTV.

A chief security officer of Lufthansa reportedly tipped off the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) that a suspected passenger had dressed as a captain for the airline, which led to Mahbubani’s arrest, the station reported.

This came after Mahbubani allegedly posted images of himself in the cockpit wearing a pilot’s uniform to TikTok and Instagram.

Mahbubani was also found with a fake pilot ID, which he told police was bought from Bangkok two years earlier, the Indian Express reported.

“The passenger disclosed that he used to shoot YouTube videos on aviation and had obtained the Lufthansa fake ID card in Bangkok,” a senior CISF officer told NDTV.

During his interrogation, Mahbubani reportedly said he was “fond of wearing uniforms of different professions” and getting himself photographed. Authorities also recovered images on his phone of him wearing an army colonel’s outfit, among other uniforms, the police told multiple sources.

“During interrogation, Mahbubani said that he is a frequent traveller and used to impersonate as a pilot of international airlines to gain easy access during security clearance and have preferential treatment from security agencies and airlines,” the Deputy Commissioner of Police at IGI Airport, Sanjay Bhatia, told the Hindustan Times.

Mahbubani has allegedly gained seat upgrades on different occasions and travelled on multiple occasions using the same “modus operandi”, Bhatia told multiple sources.

A case has reportedly been registered against Mahbubani and he has been put under arrest; however, the exact charges levelled against him remain unclear.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Destinations

Prague cracks down on Airbnb to avoid becoming a “ghost city”

Prague has taken the next step in its crusade against home-sharing platforms like Airbnb, approving a swathe of legislation to police short-term rentals.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Princess to inject $140 million into Aussie tourism with 44 new deployments

Princess Cruises is looking to pump money into the struggling domestic market by adding 44 new deployments in Australia for Sapphire Princess.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Aviation Wrap: Boeing’s $74m 737 MAX relief, Emirates helps Arsenal prepare for EPL run in with Dubai training camp + MORE!

When writing this week’s Aviation Wrap, we could have sworn the sound of airplanes taking off was in the air. On second appraisal, we discovered it was just tinnitus. 

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Excite Holidays directors to regain control following creditors vote

by Huntley Mitchell

The directors of Excite Holidays are set to take back control of most of the companies tied up with the wholesaler, following a vote by creditors yesterday.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

Via Rail cancels most trains across Canada amid ongoing protests

by Christian Fleetwood

Ongoing anti-pipeline protests in Canada have massively disrupted passenger train services across the country, with more than 83,000 Via Rail passengers effected so far.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Flight attendants throw impromptu baby shower for new parents

This couple’s Twitter story almost made coming into work today worth it. Well, that and the fact the office biscuit supply had been refilled.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Private equity acquisition sees Ecruising join LeisureCom Group

Ecruising founders Brett and Philippa Dudley are probably off relaxing on their own private island with a cocktail in hand after selling all their shares in the company.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Backpackers to help out with bushfire relief efforts

The Federal Government has announced a new scheme to get backpackers involved in rebuilding bushfire-affected communities. 

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Politicians urge Jetstar to return to negotiation table ahead of strikes

by Ali Coulton

Jetstar’s ground crew workers will stage a 24-hour strike tomorrow across the country to protest unstable hours and low pay.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Events

Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania to host first MICE roadshow since 2016

HTO is heading on the road next month to spruik its MICE credentials and hand out free trips to Hawaii for everyone. Actually, we made that last one up.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Coronavirus: 99 more cases on cruise ship, as Aussie passengers prepare to evacuate

by Ali Coulton

The PM has indicated that quarantine measures onboard Diamond Princess may not be all they’re cracked up to be.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Aeronology partners with Asian corporate travel giant

by Mekal Mishra

Aussie travel tech company Aeronology has signed a long-term agreement with a giant in the corporate travel world, whose name is not Andre or Goliath.

Share

CommentComments