On Sunday, sources said, a female passenger became “irritated” by the strict security checkpoint. “Her comments led to CISF was alerted and then the protocol to deal with such situations was put into effect, with all passengers who had boarded the aircraft being asked to disembark. The aircraft, the passengers and their luggage were then thoroughly checked again. The plane was given security clearance to leave for Mumbai by evening,” sources said.
The flight, which was scheduled to depart for Mumbai at 2.50 pm, is now expected to depart later this evening.
In a statement, Akasa said: “Akasa Air flight QP 1497, which was scheduled to fly from Varanasi to Mumbai at 2:50 PM on October 1, 2023, received a safety alert during the boarding process. We have followed all required safety procedures and all passengers have flown out and are safe. Akasa Sky is working with local authorities to meet all subsequent security requirements.”
While on Sundays safety is a concern Akasa’s Varanasi -The flight to Mumbai took place on the ground, two days ago the threat call was received on the ground when the plane was en route from Mumbai to Varanasi. The pilots were then alerted and given priority landing, after which thorough checks were carried out before being cleared to take to the air again for the next sector in which it would operate that day. That threat turned out to be a hoax.
“People need to understand that it is not okay to talk about something that can cause fear out of annoyance or in jest, as was witnessed in Varanasi on Sunday. A casual comment can cause so many problems,” said an aviation official.