Sep 16, 2019: A young man underwent a complete makeover in an attempt to pass off as an 81-year-old man - so he could travel on a pensioner’s passport.
The passenger appeared to go through a lot of effort to put on his disguise, which consisted of a white beard, oversized glasses and a wheelchair. But his costume was not good enough to fool immigration officers.
The seemingly frail and elderly passenger caught the attention of staff when he reached security at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport at around 10.45pm last Sunday.
Dressed in a white tunic and trousers, with a white turban and black slippers, the man was hoping to get on an overnight flight to New York.
But staff began to get suspicious when the passenger appeared reluctant to be frisked.
Shrikant Kishore, a senior official with the Central Industrial Security Force, told CNN: "He posed as if he was very old and incapacitated,".
"Our screener asked the person in the wheelchair to stand. He said that he cannot stand. Our screener asked if he would stand with support. He reluctantly stood up."
That was when the officer noticed that the roots of the passenger’s white beard were black. He was also apparently trying hard to avoid the officer’s eyes.
When asked for his passport, the individual handed over documentation claiming he was Amrick Singh, born in Delhi in February 1938, making him 81 years old.
"He was definitely not 80 years old. His skin was of a younger person," Mr Kishore said.
When questioned further, the man told security staff he was actually 32 years old and his name was Jayesh Patel, a resident of Gujarat state.
He was detained by security and handed over to immigration authorities.
Mr Kishore said he doesn’t know what the current status of the case is or the reason behind the impersonation.