A disgruntled staffer decided to "teach airline a lesson" by calling in a fake bomb attack

A disgruntled staffer decided to "teach airline a lesson" by calling in a fake bomb attack

  • 23-year-old, Kartik Madhav Bhat was given a warning for poor performance at IndiGo Airlines.
  • He made a hoax phone call claiming there is a bomb on a Delhi to Mumbai plane, on May 2.
  • The police have placed him under arrest and also found the SIM he used to make the call in his possession.
Disgruntled employees aren’t unheard of, but what’s the worst one can do to get back at their employer? When Kartik Madhav Bhat was rebuked and given a warning for his poor performance at India’s IndiGo airlines, he decided to make a hoax phone call to New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport's (IGI) IndiGo Airlines complex claiming the presence of a bomb on a Mumbai-bound plane, on May 2.

As expected, the airline staff took the call seriously and issued an alert, launching a thorough check of hand baggage, screening passengers and the cargo area of Mumbai-bound flights. The entire process took over two hours. After a nearly two-hour search, nothing amiss was found and the call declared a ‘hoax’.

The police tracked down the subscriber of the mobile phone from which the call was placed and arrested the 23-year-old culprit today. They have also recovered the SIM he used to make the call in his possession and say he has confessed to the crime.
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A senior police officer told the Times Of India, “The call was placed from a number belonging to 23-year-old IndiGo staffer, resident of Pune. The accused confessed his involvement in the case and was found to be serving IndiGo Airlines as a customer service officer at the Pune airport.”

“On sustained interrogation, the accused confessed that he had done this as an act of revenge as the airlines had given him a verbal notice to improve his performance in three months or face departmental action," the police added.

According to Sanjay Bhatia, deputy commissioner of police at Delhi’s IGI Airport, Bhat was “depressed” and “frustrated” with his employer. Indigo has since suspended the employee, but not much more has been revealed because the matter is sensitive in nature.
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