Kalam’s Security Check: FIR Lodged against Four Employees of Airlines

Coming into action on security screening of former President APJ Abdul Kalam by Continental Airlines, the government has filed an FIR against four employees of the US airline.

It should be noted that Continental Airlines has apologized to Kalam for the incident in which he was made to take off his shoes, hand over his belongings for scrutiny, and asked to wait before being frisked.

However, after filing of FIR by the government for allegedly breaching Indian aviation rules, the airlines called the incident a misunderstanding/inconvenience.

“Our intention was never to offend Dr Kalam or the sentiments of the people of India. Continental Airlines takes great pride and is honoured to have flown a respectable leader such as Dr Kalam,” said the airlines on Wednesday.

According to reports of a TV channel, the FIR has been lodged against Laurent Recoura, country director, Allen Field, station manager of Continental, Cynthia Carlier, area security manager, and Jaideep, security in-charge.

Rajya Sabha MPs on Tuesday condemned the security check and Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel called the incident “unpardonable”.

India has a list of VIPs exempted from routine security checks and frisking. This is applicable even when they are travelling by commercial flights.

The list includes 18 VIPs including the President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, former Presidents, Lok Sabha Speaker, Chief Ministers, Chief Justices of High Courts and the Cabinet Secretary.

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