New Delhi, January 16: A Canada-bound passenger mistakenly took away the handbag of a Bahrain-bound NRI leaving him stranded at the Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport for the past two days. The handbag contained his passport, money and medicines. Also Read - International Flights: Air India to Operate 36 Flights Between India And US From July 11-19 Under Vande Bharat Mission | Check Details
Satyendra Singh said he arrived in the national capital from Lucknow on Saturday and was in transit to Bahrain. “On Saturday afternoon, I reached Delhi and went for security check to catch the international flight. 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. I informed the security, who checked the CCTV footage and found that another passenger took the bag and boarded the Air Canada flight. The flight had already departed by then,” said Singh, who is working in Bahrain. The Canada-bound passenger had reportedly taken Singh’s bag leaving his own behind, the Hindustan Times reported. Also Read - Domestic Flights: Resumption of Services Not Helping Much as People Are Buying One-Way Tickets | 10 Points
Singh was left with no money or clothes and had to spend the night on the floor of the terminal. He could not leave the terminal due to security reasons. As his immigration had been cleared in Lucknow, he could not even go back. Also Read - 'Passed in Secretive Manner': Canada Slams China For Hong Kong National Security Law
“I informed my family and they said they will send some money so that I could buy food. But there was no way they could have contacted me. Finally, On Sunday, Air India shifted me to the lounge and I am currently here. Besides the passport, my handbag had my medicines,” he added.
Singh had come to India to meet his parents, who live in Lucknow. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) said they could not do much as the security protocol does not allow a passenger to return unless he has a passport.
The airlines acted promptly and Singh’s bag arrived at Delhi airport on Monday evening. “Singh was provided accommodation and food at the Air India lounge and we helped him getting the passport back,” a spokesperson for Air India said.