Indigo sacks staff for security breach at Srinagar airport

Budget airline IndiGo on Thursday sacked some of its ground staff posted at the ultra-sensitive Srinagar Airport for a serious security breach involving, ironically, a senior security official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
The senior official is alleged to have flown to Delhi on April 1 by 6E 436 using a boarding pass issued in some other name. He did so by first sending his juniors to collect the boarding card by showing an itinerary in some other name. And then he reached the boarding gate after boarding was over and reportedly used his clout with the local airline staff to enter the plane.
According to the airline, the official sent two of his juniors to collect his boarding card at the airport. While boarding cards at highly sensitive airports are issued only after matching tickets with identity cards of flyers, in this case the two junior officials managed to get the boarding card issued for their senior using their daily working relationship” with the low cost carrier’s (LCC) ground staff.
Senior security official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) should be punished for violating the security drills and forcing subordinate staff to do indulge in the same.
“On ground of verification process, the airline staff refused to issue the boarding pass to these officials. The officials requested a familiar person from the airline to accommodate this request and consider the cordial/working relations. Based on this, the staff agreed to issue the pass. However, the categorical remarks were inserted in the system against this request,” a statement issued by IndiGo said.
Once he boarded the aircraft and took off, the ground staff – who knew the senior official by name – realised he had taken off on someone elses boarding card. “After noticing the lapse, this matter was immediately escalated to the concerned departments for detailed inquiry.”

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