What happened to Jet Airways in India

Nobody can get on a plane without an on-board pass, that's a security requirement at the airport - at least in theory. But in India, a man passed three security barriers unnoticed without a boarding pass. Even in the plane, the surplus passenger was not revealed: When someone else claimed his seat, he was simply allowed to choose a vacant seat, again without having to show his boarding pass. The only luck in this security disaster: The passenger had nothing bad in mind, but simply made a mistake on the plane.

According to the Times of India the 37-year-old first landed at Mumbai Airport after an international flight and had correctly passed the controls with his boarding pass. But in the transit zone things got out of hand. The man, who is said to have looked intoxicated, heard a call for the flight to Rajkot, left his hand luggage and boarding pass and hurried to the gate. He did not want to go to Rajkot in the West Indies, but to Nagpur in the center of the country.

The man just slipped through

The first security hurdle would have been the passenger comparison: The number of customers who have checked in for a flight is compared with the number of people who actually board using the seat numbers on the boarding pass. Still, the man slipped through.

The next security hurdle: checking the boarding pass, which must have a stamp from the security staff at this point. But the man's passport was still in his hand luggage in the transit area - which again was not a problem.

On many domestic flights, you are not as busy as you are

Last but not least, the Jet Airways crew could have intercepted him right at the entrance, where the boarding pass was to be presented again. But apparently the team was busy elsewhere and also failed to check the number of people on board before take-off. "This counting of heads is strictly adhered to on international flights, but on many domestic flights you are not so diligent about it," it was loud Times of India officially granted.

Only when the plane landed and the stowaway realized that he had clearly not reached his destination and then revealed himself to the airline, the series of safety breakdowns was exposed.

His actual flight to Nagpur had long since taken off without him - and also without his luggage, which had been unloaded again after the passenger did not show up for boarding. That was the only safety rule that was actually met in this case.

© SZ.de with material from dpa / reek