Man held with 600 blank AI boarding passes

A man was arrested at Kolkata airport on Friday with 600 blank boarding passes of Air India, prompting the state-run airline to launch a probe into an alleged fraud in the LTC scheme for government employees.

The accused, identified as Satyender Kumar Verma, was intercepted on Friday morning at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose airport when he was about to board a Spicejet flight to Port Blair, airport security officials said.

His hand baggage was scanned leading to the recovery of the blank AI boarding passes numbering 600, they said. “We have begun an investigation into the case involving the recovery of a large number of blank boarding passes,” Air India Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) B K Maurya said.

The airline suspects a modus operandi in which the blank boarding passes, like those in possession of Verma, were used by unauthorised agents to generate fake travel records for government employees.

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