Bengaluru: Two held for airport hoax call to delay flight take-off

The duo was detained after investigations showed that all other 180 passengers had boarded the flight on time and the couple had enquired several times over the phone about the flight, stating that they were running late to reach the airport due to a problem with their taxi.

Bengaluru: Two held for airport hoax call to delay flight take-off

They were slated to get engaged at their native place hours later, but were running too late to reach the airport to board the flight. They had a brainwave to make a hoax call to the airport to delay the flight. Seems very filmy, but it is true and it happened at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru on late Wednesday.

A couple was arrested by the Bengaluru International Airport police in the early hours of Thursday in connection with the hoax call made to the Kempegowda International Airport to delay the take-off of a Cochin-bound AirAsia flight.


The flight was delayed by over six hours.

Police said they detained Malayalees Neha Gopinathan and Arjun, who resided at BTM Layout in South-East Bengaluru.

The duo was detained after investigations showed that all other 180 passengers had boarded the flight on time and the couple had enquired several times over the phone about the flight, stating that they were running late to reach the airport due to a problem with their taxi.

N Shivakumara, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), said the police was informed about the threat call.

“It was later confirmed that it was hoax and we have detained Neha and Arjun,” he told The Indian Express.


The couple said they needed to be in their village near Cochin on Thursday morning since their engagement was scheduled in the morning.

Police said that one of their relatives called the airport from a public telephone booth in Cochin around 8.31 pm on Wednesday and claimed that there were explosives in the AirAsia flight to Cochin.

The flight was scheduled to take-off by 8.45 pm, but the operation was suspended on account of the hoax call. The explosive detection and disposal squad rushed to the scene and checked the flight and baggage of all the passengers till 1.30 am, before the call was deemed a hoax. The flight finally took off from Bengaluru airport around 3.30 am on Thursday.

Police said the couple work as instructors at a private teaching academy and their engagement was scheduled for Thursday.

They came to know that they can’t reach their destination in time for their engagement, they informed the same to their relatives, who planned the hoax call to ensure delay of the flight.

A police team may be dispatched to Kerala if the couple fail to reveal who exactly made the hoax call. A case has been registered and further probe is underway.