By Andrea Romano
September 12, 2019

TSA agents have encountered some pretty strange passengers over the years.

Between people trying to smuggle contraband, like animals such as finches or live tortoises, people pretty much wearing their entire suitcase to avoid baggage fees, and passengers somehow slipping through the security line without a ticket or ID, it seems like these agents have seen it all.

But at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on Sunday, security agents encountered a passenger’s very unique attempt to get through the line without detection by dressing up as a man almost 50 years his senior.

According to Fox News, Jayesh Patel was stopped by airport officials for trying to go through the security line with a fake passport and wearing a disguise. Patel, a 32-year-old man, was dressed in a white outfit, had dyed his hair and beard white, and arrived in a wheelchair in order to try and fool agents into thinking he was an 81-year-old man.

On Patel’s faulty passport, it said his name was Amrik Singh and that he was born in 1938, but apparently his clever disguise wasn’t clever enough.

“It mentioned the passenger’s age as 81 years but his appearance, skin texture, and voice seemed to be of a much younger person,” an official told the Times of India. Patel was apparently also wearing fake, non-prescription glasses and the hair on his arms were still his natural, black hair color rather than being dyed white.

According to the Times of India, Patel had been planning this ruse for four months. Patel is an electrician based in Ahmedabad, and wanted to travel to the United States in hopes of landing a better job, as well as meet up with a woman, a former neighbor, as soon as he landed in the country. He apparently was afraid he would not be able to get a visa without his fake passport, but it is unclear why.

Patel was handed over to the Delhi police by India’s Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and airport officials. The Delhi police are still searching for the people who helped him get his fraudulent passport and achieve his disguise.

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