An Italian national managed to enter the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) using a forged e-ticket to see his girlfriend off on Independence Day eve, when the area was on high alert.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which guards the IGIA, noticed the suspicious passenger at the check-in area and picked him up for interrogation.
The man could not show a ticket to prove that he was a passenger.
“His girlfriend was to travel by China Eastern Airline at 2.55 am on August 15. When we intercepted him, he confessed to having entered on a forged ticket, which he destroyed later. He was handed over to the police,” said a CISF official.
CCTV footage showed that he entered using an Aeroflot flight ticket to Moscow, which was to depart at 1.05 am on August 15.
“He had a confirmed ticket to Moscow for the same flight, but for August 16. Using a photo editing software, he changed the date to August 15 and entered Terminal 3. His details were confirmed by the airline,” the official added.
In the past 14 months, 30 people have been arrested for entering the terminal using forged e-tickets.
The incident comes in the wake of Intelligence Bureau’s concern that, in the absence of a biometric system, the country’s most sensitive airport was under serious.
The CISF said installing a PNR reader-cum-biometric machine at the gate will reduce unauthorised entries.
“The small machine can be installed at the entry gate and instead of checking every e-ticket manually, the CISF personnel can put the ticket in front of machine and check whether the ticket is genuine or not. This will ensure security as there are a number of cases of passengers entering on fake e-tickets,” a CISF official said.
At present, passengers are not checked at the entry gate. Anyone can enter by showing a ticket and an identification proof. It is only when they try to exit that security personnel ask for a reason and check the ticket’s authenticity.
But by then the person would have spent considerable time inside the terminal.
In 2015, 23 unauthorised passengers were caught trying to exit the airport. This year till February 29, seven passengers were caught. In 2014, the figure was 16 passengers.
Bureau for Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) is tasked with the installation of biometric machines at IGIA.