A 21-year-old was removed from a Jet Airways flight and detained Monday after he was caught by other passengers covering his face with a handkerchief and typing a message about terrorists.
Yogvedant Poddar was observed by others on a domestic flight in India taking a picture of himself on Snapchat with his face partly covered with a caption that read, “Terrorist on flight, I destroy women hearts,” NDTV reported.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) said in a statement that the man was taken off the Kolkata – Mumbai flight for questioning.
Passenger Benjamin Plackett reportedly alerted the flight’s captain after he saw the message Poddar was typing on his phone. The captain then told the Jet Airways duty manager.
Security officials boarded the flight and removed the young man, who insisted he was innocent of any malicious activity and called the Snapchat photo a prank for his friends, News18 reported.
The man’s bags were re-examined and the CISF confirmed “no suspicious or objectionable item was found.”
Poddar was reportedly handed over to the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport police station for further investigation.
The 160-passenger flight was delayed more than an hour because of the security check.
Jet Airways did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.