Indian Businessman in Police Custody After Dressing Up as a Lufthansa Airline Pilot
Rajan Mahbubani claimed he had done the same for at least 15 previous flights to cut through queues and impress women. He is now in police custody and under investigation
The strangest yet most hilarious happenings pop up on social media from time to time and an incident that occurred this week was no different. A renowned businessman from India boarded a flight dressed as a Lufthansa pilot this week. Rajan Mahbubani claimed he had done the same for at least 15 previous flights and always received professional and special treatment. His purpose of being clad in pilot attire was to be able to cut through long airport lines, impress female airport staff and passengers, and get flight upgrades. Mahbubabi was caught by the security this time and is currently in police custody.
An investigation has been ordered to be conducted to further look into the matter. The businessman, based in Delhi, was caught on Monday trying to board an AirAsia flight from the Indian capital to Kolkata. His daring move is being compared to those we see in films, with Mahbubabi’s behaviour being drawn parallels with the 2002 Steven Spielberg film Catch Me If You Can. Leonardo DiCaprio essayed the real-life fugitive Frank Abnagale Jr in the project, who also posed as a pilot.
Mahbubani mentioned he craved and enjoyed the special attention he received wearing a uniform and also had a fake army colonel's outfit. He told the police he had got hold of a fake identity card in Bangkok. He was caught when suspicious staff checked his credentials as he boarded a flight to Kolkata this week. The AirAsia staff rang up Lufthansa officials to check he was a genuine pilot and then called the police. "The individual in question was impersonating as an employee of Lufthansa airlines,” AirAsia India's chief of safety told The Times of India. “He was handed over to the airport police and an investigation has been ordered. We would like to emphasise that we stand by all security policies and till the time the investigation is completed we would be unable to provide specific details with regards to this.” Police are now investigating his travel record to see how many times he has done this act before. “There are pictures in his phone of him posing as an Army Colonel,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjay Bhatia. “The passenger had also posted videos wearing different uniforms on TikTok. He had travelled on various occasions using the same modus operandi. The travel history of the passenger is being scanned.”