Plane passenger is thrown off flight after taking a selfie captioned ‘terrorist on flight, I destroy women’s hearts’ in message to a friend in India
- Yogvedant Poddar posted a picture to Snapchat including the sinister message
- A passenger sitting behind him alerted security and Mr Poddar was taken away
- Security staff were on high alert 10 years exactly since the 2008 Mumbai attacks
A passenger was thrown off a plane in India after joking he was a terrorist and sending a friend a selfie with a handkerchief on his head.
Yogvedant Poddar posted the picture to Snapchat with the caption: ‘Terrorist on board, I destroy women’s hearts.’
The sinister selfie was spotted by a passenger sitting behind him who alerted the cabin crew.
Mr Poddar, 21, was then thrown off the domestic Jet Airways flight from Kolkata to Mumbai, NDTV reported.
A passenger was thrown off a Jet Airways plane in India (file photo) after joking he was a terrorist and sending a friend a selfie with a handkerchief on his head
Take-off was cancelled and Mr Poddar removed from the plane as his language ‘was inferred as a security threat’, the airport said.
The airline’s security staff handed him to police, who searched Mr Poddar’s luggage but found nothing suspicious.
Mr Poddar’s father reportedly came to the airport and said his son had meant his comment as a joke.
The flight was said to have had 160 people on board while Mr Poddar was reportedly travelling for a job interview.
Security officials were on high alert as the country marks 10 years since a series of devastating terror attacks on Mumbai in 2008.
The attackers targeted two luxury hotels, a Jewish centre, a tourist restaurant and a crowded train station in three days of carnage which killed 166 people.
India blamed the attack on the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, throwing relations between the nuclear-armed neighbours into a tailspin.
In November 2012, India hanged the lone surviving gunman from the attacks.
Security staff were on high alert as India marks 10 years since the devastating Mumbai attacks of 2008 (pictured, the Taj Hotel in Mumbai burning on November 27 that year)