Indian man, 32, caught impersonating 81-year-old to board U.S. flight

Elias Hubbard
September 12, 2019

An Indian man dressed up as a white-haired, wheelchair-bound senior in his 80s to try to sneak onto a flight to New York City, according to authorities.

However, officials grew suspicious after he refused to go through frisking because he said was unable to stand due to his age, India's Central Industrial Security Force (CIFS) said in a media release quoted in local media outlets.

Jayesh Patel, 32, was arrested at New Delhi's Ghandi International Airport before a flight to NY on Sunday, with dyed white hair and beard, and wearing large spectacles.

"Our screener asked the person in the wheelchair to stand".

The publication reported at the time that the two were booked for criminal trespass.

Around 10:45 p.m. on September 8, a man - in a wheelchair and decked out in a white outfit with dyed grey hair and beard - approached security, who asked him to stand for a search, CNN reports.

According to CNN, one of the security officers at the airport noticed that the roots of Patel's hair were black, not matching his white beard. He also was having trouble maintaining eye contact.

When Jayesh Patel was asked to stand up, the screener realized he was likely not who he said he was.

He presented a passport with the name Amrik Singh and a January 1938 birthdate - which would make him 81.

"He was definitely not 80 years old".

"He posed as if he was very old and incapacitated", Shrikant Kishore, a senior official with the Central Industrial Security Force, told CNN.

During a later security check, suspicions were raised when Mr Patel refused to be searched, claiming he was too old to stand.

Under questioning, Mr Patel confessed that he was impersonating an old man, and that the passport was not legitimate.

The security force tweeted that they had arrested the man for impersonation and carrying dual passports, before handing him over to the Delhi police.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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