Young Man Tries to Impersonate 81-Year-Old to Board NY Flight

Published September 11th, 2019 - 12:31 GMT
Jayesh Patel (Twitter)
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Sub-Inspector Rajveer Singh said that Patel refused to make eye contact throughout the encounter. 

A young man using a fake passport has been caught trying to impersonate an 81-year-old in a bid to get on a flight to New York. 

Jayesh Patel, 32, was in a wheelchair when he was stopped at New Delhi Airport attempting to use a passport with the name Amrik Singh and the date of birth February 1, 1938.

Patel tried to disguise himself by dying his beard white, using a wheelchair and wearing glasses and a turban.

According to local media, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) became suspicious when Patel refused to be frisk searched because he was 'too old' to stand. 

Sub-Inspector Rajveer Singh said that Patel refused to make eye contact throughout the encounter. 

The CISF said: 'The appearance and skin texture of the passenger seemed to be much younger than mentioned in the passport.'

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According to NDTV, Patel had hired an agent to get him a fake passport and agreed to pay him $41,752 (£33,807) upon his arrival in the US where he was planning on getting a job. 

His disguise got him past the initial security check and through immigration clearance but officials noticed that his skin seemed much younger than that of an 81-year-old, according to the NDTV report. 

He was taken away for further questioning where he admitted his real name and that he was from Ahmedabad in Gujarat. 

Patel has now been handed to immigration officials for further investigation.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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