Airline passenger threatens to blow himself up to get his lost wallet back
An airline passenger in India has been arrested on suspicion of threatening to bomb low-cost airline Spicejet in a desperate attempt to recover his lost wallet. Shreyansh Chamariya was traveling on a Spicejet from Delhi to Bengaluru, but as he was about to leave the airport, he realized that he had left his wallet on board.
Chamariya immediately contacted Spicejet customer service. He hoped that the agent could quickly relay a message to the flight crew so they could pick up his wallet and return it to him before he left the airport. This was reported by paddleyourownkanoo.com.
But as the call dragged on, Chamaria allegedly did not feel that his request was taken seriously, so he claimed that there was a bomb in the wallet. This threat at least made the flight attendants go in search of the wallet without delay. It also attracted the attention of the airport police, who set up a special commission to assess the bomb threat. This prompted full-scale security measures.
Eventually, the threat was ruled a hoax, and officers quickly tracked down Chamari, who was still at the Spicejet counter in the terminal. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and intimidation.
Earlier this year, a man threatened to bomb a JetBlue plane flying to Las Vegas because it was late for boarding. Upset that not only was he late for his flight, but that his luggage was still on board, the man claimed that there was a bomb in his bag. The threat was taken so seriously that the plane was evacuated shortly after it landed in Las Vegas. Sniffer dogs were sent on board the plane.
In 2021, one woman also claimed that there was a bomb in her luggage on a JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport after she approached the gate and saw that the plane had already taken off. She hoped the threat would force the plane to return to the gate.