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TN passenger detained for smoking in flight

A passenger who supposedly smoked in a Doha-to-Chennai flight has been handed over to Chennai airport police by the Indigo airlines crew.

Published: 03rd August 2017 01:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd August 2017 07:31 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: A passenger who supposedly smoked in a Doha-to-Chennai flight has been handed over to Chennai airport police by the Indigo airlines crew.

The crew in their police complaint on Tuesday late night said that R Mohammed Ifthikar, aged 32 and a native of Madurai district, picked up an argument with the crew after they found out that he was smoking in the flight’s rest room.

“He was travelling from Dubai to Chennai. He had been working as a driver in Dubai for last four years and was returning home,” said a police officer in the airport police station.
On Tuesday night immediately after the crew served dinner to the passengers, Ifthikar is believed to have gone to the rest room and started smoking.

The crew members were apparently alerted by the smoke sensors in the rest room and told Ifthikar he cannot smoke in the flight. Soon an argument broke out between a crew member Gargi Gupta and Ifthikar. Soon after the plane landed at the Chennai airport around 11 pm, Ifthikar was picked up for questioning by the airport police and he was detained in the police station for the entire night.
“Based on the complaint, we questioned the passenger,” said a senior police officer. The police have booked Ifthikar on the charge of causing nuisance.

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