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World Real-life Catch Me If You Can: Conman is arrested after dressing as a Lufthansa pilot to secure upgraded seats in India

16:25  20 november  2019
16:25  20 november  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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If You Can : Conman is arrested after dressing as a Lufthansa pilot to secure upgraded seats in India . A conman has been caught posing as a pilot in full uniform to secure upgraded seats and on over 250 flights in the 1950s after securing a PanAm uniform by fraud and forging a pilot 's

Man arrested at Indian airport for impersonating Lufthansa pilot . In a case that's been compared to the Leonardo DiCaprio conman movie " Catch Me If You Can ," the 48-year-old allegedly Mahbubani was dressed in a pilot 's uniform when arrested at the departure gate as he was about to board an

A conman has been caught posing as a pilot in full uniform to secure upgraded seats and escape long queues at airports, say officials in India.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Rajan Mahbubani, 48, was found to be 'impersonating' a pilot of Lufthansa airlines© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Rajan Mahbubani, 48, was found to be 'impersonating' a pilot of Lufthansa airlines Rajan Mahbubani, 48, from Delhi, was found to be 'impersonating' a pilot of Lufthansa airlines in order to speedily board a flight from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.

He was apprehended by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel at the departure gate of an Air Asia flight I5-579 to Kollkata, western India, at 12.35 pm on Monday.

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An Indian businessman has been arrested after posing as a pilot to skip airport queues and get flight upgrades . Rajan Mahbubani was caught trying to get an AirAsia The case is drawing comparisons to 2002 film Catch Me If You Can , which starred Leonardo DiCaprio as real - life fugitive and pilot

Mr Mahbubani from Vasant Kunj, Delhi, was reported as a 'suspected passenger in the getup of a captain of Lufthansa airlines' by chief Security Officer of the Lufthansa German airline, reports The Hindustan Times.

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The case has echos of the Steven Spielberg film Catch Me If You Can, based on con artist Frank Abagnale who flew more than a million miles on over 250 flights in the 1950s after securing a PanAm uniform by fraud and forging a pilot's licence.

a group of people posing for the camera: Speaking to Delhi police Mr Mahbubani admitted that he enjoyed dressing in a variety of uniforms© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Speaking to Delhi police Mr Mahbubani admitted that he enjoyed dressing in a variety of uniforms

A CISF officer said: 'The man was in possession of a fake ID card of Lufthansa Airlines captain, and he used it to get privilege at airports.

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He was arrested after trying to board an AirAsia flight at Delhi AirportCredit: Alamy. Catch Me If You Can - Based on a true story staring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. An AirAsia spokesperson told the Times of India : "The individual in question was impersonating as an employee of Lufthansa

Mahbubani was dressed in a pilot 's uniform when arrested at the departure gate as he was about to board an AirAsia flight from Delhi to Kolkata, police He was found carrying a fake Lufthansa pilot ID that he used to gain privileges at airports. It's not the only case of identity switch seen in India lately.

'The passenger disclosed that he used to shoot YouTube videos on aviation and had obtained the Lufthansa fake ID card in Bangkok.'

Speaking to Delhi police Mr Mahbubani admitted that he enjoyed dressing in a variety of uniforms from different professions and often shared videos of him wearing them on the platform Tiktok.

The suspect's phone also held pictures of him posing as an Army colonel.

Sanjay Bhatia, Deputy Commissioner of Police at the Delhi Airport said: 'During interrogation, Mahbubani said that he is a frequent traveller and used to impersonate as a pilot of international airlines to gain easy access during security clearance and have preferential treatment from security agencies and airlines', reports The Hindustan Times.

The passenger is claimed to have been carrying a forged identity card which he used to gain access to crew boarding areas and in order to seek 'preferential treatment' including seat upgrades, said Mr Bhatia.

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