A 21-year-old Was Kicked Off His Flight and Detained for Sending a 'Terrorist' Snapchat Joke
There’s a time and a place to express your sense of humor, but while waiting for your plane to take off is not one of them.
A 21-year-old man on a Jet Airways flight found this out the hard way when he made a joke about being a “terrorist” on social media while waiting for his flight from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport in Kolkata to Mumbai, according to Fox News.
The passenger, Yogvedant Poddar, was allegedly seen covering his face with a handkerchief to take a selfie. His caption allegedly said, “Terrorist on flight, I destroy women's hearts,” Newsweek reported. According to the Times of India, another passenger seated near Poddar saw the photo and told the crew.
The plane quickly turned back before even taking off. Once it reached the gate, Poddar was detained for “mischievous activity on board" and for language "which was inferred as a security threat,” reported Newsweek.
“After taking his seat, he covered his face with a handkerchief and started sending WhatsApp messages from his phone,” said a security official to the Times of India. Fox News reported that Poddar was using Snapchat. A police officer also told the Hindustan Times that Poddar would not show his phone to the crew when they asked him, which only contributed to the suspicious situation from the crew’s perspective.
Poddar, who was traveling with his friends, explained to officers that he was only joking. However, making a terrorist joke in 2018 is generally considered a bad move. Poddar’s baggage was also examined when he was taken in by police, but nothing suspicious was found. According to the Times of India, Poddar was handed over to local police after the examination.
According to Newsweek, Poddar’s “joke” ended up causing his flight to be delayed one hour and 10 minutes. Siva Murgan, deputy commissioner of the Bidhannagar Police, told Newsweek that an “inquiry is on” regarding the incident.