The Hush Post: A small goof-up that too done by somebody else, save-time techniques and lack of cross-checking sensibility, can land you in big problems especially at public places like airports or railway stations, in a country like ours teeming with thousands of people all the time. Here the story is of mistaken identity of handbags, which would have looked similar, carrying passport and all necessary documents of a NRI, flown away to far off land Canada. Satyendra Singh, a US national on way to Bahrain, stopped in Lucknow in transit to meet his parents. To continue his journey to Bahrain, he arrived at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport international airport from Lucknow on Saturday. He got stuck for three days after his handbag containing his passport was mistakenly taken away by a passenger to Canada.
“On Saturday afternoon, when I was going through the security check, the queue was long, so I put my handbag in the scanner. By the time I reached for check and crossed it, I could not find my bag,” Singh told a national daily. The security personnel checked the CCTV footage and found that another passenger had picked up the bag. The flight had already departed by then. The Canada-bound passenger had reportedly taken Singh’s bag leaving his own behind.
He could not move out of the airport premises as the security protocol does not allow a passenger to return unless he has a passport. The airlines, however, acted promptly and the Air Canada flight, carrying Singh’s bag arrived at Delhi airport on Monday evening.