As many as 185 passengers were hassled at Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport, Amritsar, for over three hours after a phone call from Dubai about a suspicious bag on a SpiceJet flight put the security personnel on an alert on Thursday morning.
The SpiceJet flight that reached Amritsar from Dubai at around 9.30am was immediately taken to the isolation bay for search and frisking.
All this happened because of an unclaimed blue bag.
Sources said the goof-up happened at the Dubai airport. A woman did not board the flight but her bag made it to the plane flying to India. It is learnt that the questioning of the woman was on at the Dubai International Airport.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and police team led by additional deputy commissioner of police Gaurav Garg reached the spot. Baggage of all the passengers was searched in the isolation bay. The bomb disposal squad of the police and anti-sabotage teams were also rushed to the airport.
Sukhraj Singh, a passenger, who had come from Dubai, said: “We had to wait for three hours inside the airport. Nothing was found in the bag but the passengers were hassled.” Another passenger, Jagjit Singh, said, “There was chaos all around as soon as the flight landed. Many passengers were made to stand in the open. There was a lot of confusion over the bag.” It was at about 12.45pm that the passengers were allowed to leave.
Here’s a statement issued by SpiceJet on the episode: “On July 21, 2016, a passenger Ms Idinirinkarlina Btnanang (holding Indonesian passport) travelling on SG 056, Dubai to Amritsar, did not board the aircraft after clearing immigration, security check and boarding. She reported back after one hour of the flight departure. Dubai Airport officials informed the pilot in command about the unaccompanied checked in baggage on board and the pilot in command requested the Amritsar ATC officials for isolated parking stand. The baggage of Ms Idinirinkarlina Btnanang has been identified and will be handed over to her/relevant authorities. The false alarm due to the miscommunication caused inconvenience to the passengers, which is deeply regretted.”