Man posing as 81-year-old tries to board US flight

15 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Man posing as 81-year-old tries to board US flight

An Indian man disguised as an 81-year-old was caught trying to board a plane to New York with a fake passport, authorities say.

The man, named as 32-year-old Jayesh Patel, was arrested at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on Sunday.

With a dyed white beard and large spectacles, Patel passed through initial security and immigration checks in a wheelchair, local media report.

But not all officials were fooled. “He was definitely not 80 years old. His skin was of a younger person,” a spokesperson for the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) told CNN.

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

When asked for documentation, he handed over a passport bearing the name of Amrik Singh, born on 1 February 1938 in Delhi.