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Panic gripped a Goa-bound Air India flight from New Delhi on October 22 after a passenger claimed the presence of a ‘terrorist’ on board.

According to available details, a passenger identified as Zia-Ul-Haq hailing from Delhi’s Jamia Nagar created a ruckus inside the flight after he claimed to be from the police special cell and that a terrorist was present onboard the flight. The cabin crew on the Air India flight immediately alerted the pilots, following which the Goa ATC and aviation security was informed. Later on, it came to light that the concerned passenger was allegedly mentally unstable.

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An aviation security official in a statement said, “On October 22 aviation security revived a call from ATC. A passenger claimed that on-board of AI 884 that there is a terrorist in the aircraft, quick action team (QAT) and Bomb Direction Disposal Squad (BDDS) reached the aerobridge and thoroughly checked the aircraft and suspect passenger and his baggage. And later forwarded to the airport police for further action.”

The Air India cabin crew has submitted a written complaint to the Goa airport. “A mentally unsound passenger travelled by Air India yesterday from Delhi to Goa who created a ruckus during flight and violated the rules on-board was handed over to Goa airport police as the matter is related to law and order,”, the Goa Airport Director said.

The Air India staff in Goa filed a detailed report to the Air India Headquarters about the whole incident, and the national airline is yet to take a call whether to put the passenger on its unruly behaviour passengers list.

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