32-year-old man disguises himself as 81-year-old and tries to board flight to US
A 32-year-old man was caught trying to board a flight to New York by disguising himself as an elderly man, CNN reports.
Jayesh Patel arrived at New Delhi Airport in the Indian capital in disguise as 81-year-old ''Amrik Singh'', whose passport he was carrying.
''Amrik Singh'' was born on February 1, 1938, nearly 50 years before Patel's real date of birth.
Posing as Singh, Patel turned up at the airport with glasses and a turban - he had even gone to the trouble of dyeing his hair and beard white.
The scheme ultimately failed after the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) became suspicious when he declined the airport's attempts to frisk him because he was "too old".
It was also reported that he had resisted making eye contact with staff and that both his skin and eyes betrayed his real age.
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"A man named Jayesh Patel reached Terminal-3 of IGI (Indira Gandhi International Airport) airport on Sunday on a wheelchair posing as an elderly man," a CISF official said, per NDTV.
"He even tricked the initial security check and got his immigration cleared," the official added. "CISF was suspicious about him as his voice didn't match his age. Despite grey hair, his skin seemed to be quite young as there were hardly any wrinkles on his face."
It is believed that Patel had hoped to find work in the US and got his hands on a fake passport through an agent he hired. He also hired a makeup artist to transform him into an elderly man.
"He was planning to go to the US for a job. But his profile was such that he would not have gotten a visa easily," Senior police officer Sanjay Bhatia told NDTV.
"With a fake name - Amrik Singh, a fake address, he managed to get a passport and a US visa. His beard was grown and hair was dyed grey. He was made to wear a pair of thick glasses and a turban. He was also instructed to walk like an elderly person. We've never seen a similar case at the Delhi airport before."