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Indian man arrested for impersonating pilot ‘obtained Lufthansa fake ID card in Thailand’

An Indian man who masqueraded as a pilot in order to impress women and get free flight upgrades has been arrested.

Rajan Mahbubani was arrested in Delhi on Monday where he admitted to taking at least 15 flights dressed as a pilot.

He was arrested as he tried to board an Air Asia flight from Delhi to Kolkata.

Police said Mr Mahbubani often got preferential treatment when arriving at check in dressed in a pilot’s uniform. 

Police said his exploits were made possible after he obtained a fake ID card of a Lufthansa pilot in Bangkok.

He was also found to have fake uniform of an army colonel.

Police added that he even boasted of his exploits on social media in a bid to impress women.

Mr Mahbubani regularly enjoyed free upgrades and used the fast track queue reserved for airline staff. 

He was finally caught when Air Asia staff became suspicious and contacted Lufthansa to check the man’s credentials.

“The passenger disclosed that he used to shoot YouTube videos on aviation and had obtained the Lufthansa fake ID card in Bangkok,” police said.

“Mahbubani said that he is a frequent traveller and used to dress up as a pilot to gain easy access during security clearance and get preferential treatment from security agencies and airlines,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI Airport) Sanjay Bhatia said.

Mahbubani is now in custody facing charges of cheating and impersonating. If convicted he could face a year in prison or a fine, or both.

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