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Man Arrested in India for Threatening to Hijack Flight

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 27, 2015

Man Arrested in India for Threatening to Hijack Flight

Hitting on an attendant may not be the best idea while in the midst of a flight, but one passenger went too far when he was turned down and then threatened to hijack the plane.

According to the Hindustan Times, 35-year-old Yousuf Sharif arrived at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport from Dubai on an Air India flight and was immediately turned over to India’s Central Industrial Security Force by the flight crew.

Yousuf reportedly asked a flight attendant if he could take a selfie with her and snap some photos of the cockpit before being turned down by the stewardess. Upon being rejected, Yousuf proclaimed that he would hijack the plane.

The flight attendant alerted the pilot, and ground control was notified.

Upon arrival, the CISF took Yousuf into custody and conducted their investigation. He was eventually turned over to the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport police so they could carry out their own investigation.

Not only is the 35-year-old in trouble for threatening to hijack the plane, but he is also facing penalties due to the harassment of the flight attendant.

Police have conducted searches of Yousuf’s home and were interrogating him to see if there was any malicious intent to his claims of hijacking the plane. Judging from the man’s background as an oil worker returning home to see his wife and children and the CISF turning him over to local authorities, this was likely just the passenger making one of the worst mistakes imaginable.

A report from claims that Yousuf is an educated man who traveled to Dubai five months ago to work for an oil-drilling firm. He was returning to Tappachabutra to visit his family, and his ticket had been purchased for him by his employer.

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