Angered IndiGo Airlines Employee Makes Fake Bomb Threat

May 15, 2018

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As the saying goes “He who plots to hurt others often hurt themselves” when it comes to revenge. That was the case for this IndiGo Airlines crew member who reported a fake bomb threat aboard a Mumbai-bound flight on May 2. 

A 23-year-old airline customer service agent, Kartik Madhav Bhat, was arrested in Pune after authorities said he called in the hoax bomb threat as ‘an act of revenge’ to his employer, IndiGo airline. 

Bhat made the hoax call to New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) — IndiGo Airline’s primary hub — saying there was a bomb on board the airline’s flight to Mumbai. IndiGo staff took the call seriously and issued an alert, which initiated a two-hour screening of passengers and cargo area of the Mumbai-bound aircraft. As a result, several Mumbai-bound flights from DEL airport were checked before the threat was confirmed to be a hoax. 

Bhat made the call because he was reportedly depressed and frustrated with IndiGo after he received a warning for his poor performance working for the airline. The police conducted an investigation and arrested Bhat after tracking him down by the SIM he used to make the call. He eventually confessed his involvement in the case, according to local media reports.

“On sustained interrogation, the accused confessed that he had done this as an act of revenge as the airlines had given him a verbal notice to improve his performance in three months or face departmental action. He was reportedly depressed due to this and made this call out of frustration,” police added.

IndiGo Airline has suspended Bhat, however, no additional details regarding his arrest have been released.

H/T: Business Insider

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