Indigo staffer arrested over bomb hoax call to IGI airport

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IndiGo is facing the heat yet again. Calling the airport on the morning of May 2, Kartik Madhav Bhat, a 23-year-old from Pune, said there was a bomb in a Mumbai-bound IndiGo flight.

An IndiGo staffer was arrested on Sunday for making a hoax call to Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport about a bomb on a Mumbai-bound flight, reported News18.

Bhat made the call on May 2, reported The Times of India.

Soon after the call, a few Mumbai bound air flights were physically checked after which the authorities declared the phone calls as hoax. The man, whose performance was poor, was told by his employers that he would face action unless he improved. Multiple security agencies were alerted and they carried out checks on all Mumbaibased flights, including of IndiGo airline, on that day. After tracing the number, the police apprehended Bhat, who during the course of the investigation, confessed his involvement in the case.

He got depressed and made the call out of frustration and to teach a lesson to the airlines, the officer added.

The accused is serving as customer service officer in Indigo at the Pune airport.

"When a police team searched his house, his mobile phone and SIM card were found", the DCP said.

In the latest incident, the airline offloaded a passenger from a flight alleging unruly behaviour with crew members.