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Scare at Delhi airport as drunk man locks himself in toilet

Security personnel at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) had to rescue a drunk passenger who locked himself in the washroom for about an hour

delhi Updated: Feb 12, 2018 21:50 IST
Faizan Haidar
Faizan Haidar
Hindustan Times
Delhi airport,IGI,Indira Gandhi International Airport
CISF commandos were at the spot but when the door was opened, the passenger was found lying on the floor and was unable to move. Officials said he had passed out in a drunken state.(HT Photo)

Security personnel at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) had to rescue a drunk passenger who locked himself in the washroom for about an hour.

The incident created a scare as he was still carrying his bag and had not cleared the security check.

The incident took place on February 5, when a Dubai-bound passenger went to the washroom in the check-in area of Terminal 3. This area is not a sanitised zone and any passenger with a ticket can enter the building.

“At 2:30 am, we were told someone had gone to the washroom but did not come out for about an hour. The cleaner noticed the locked door and alerted security. We knocked the door and asked him to come out but when he didn’t, the door was broken open,” said an officer of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

CISF commandos were at the spot but when the door was opened, the passenger was found lying on the floor and was unable to move. Officials said he had passed out in a drunken state.

He had to travel by Emirates airline flight EK 513, which was to depart at 4:10 am. When the entire drama ended, the passenger was sent out from the terminal.

“The passengers are usually not checked at the entry gate and anyone can carry explosives and plant it in the terminal. Before they are frisked, the passenger has to go through the check-in process. The passenger went to the washroom in the check-in area,” the officer added.

An officer of Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), which operates the Delhi airport, said the cleaning staff, noticed the door locked.

“He informed the security personnel and a technical person was called who knew how to open the door from outside,” the officer said.

First Published: Feb 12, 2018 21:49 IST