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Real-life Catch Me If You Can: Conman is arrested after dressing up as a Lufthansa pilot

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

  • Rajan Mahbubani, 48, appeared to imitate the pilot of Lufthansa airlines & # 39;
  • He was reported by the security as a & # 39; suspicious passenger when getting up a captain & # 39;
  • Mahbubani admitted to the police that he was dressed in different uniforms

Rajan Mahbubani, 48, appeared to imitate a pilot of Lufthansa airlines & # 39;

Rajan Mahbubani, 48, appeared to imitate a pilot of Lufthansa airlines & # 39;

A scammer has been caught like a pilot in full uniform to secure improved seats and flee long lines at airports, officials in India say.

Rajan Mahbubani, 48, from Delhi, was found to imitate a pilot of Lufthansa airlines & # 39; to board a flight quickly from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.

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

Mahbubani from Vasant Kunj, Delhi, was designated by the Chief Security Officer of the German Lufthansa as & # 39; suspicious passenger when retrieving a captain from Lufthansa Airlines & # 39; reported The Hindustan Times.

The case echoes the Steven Spielberg movie Catch Me If You Can, based on scammer Frank Abagnale who flew more than a million miles on more than 250 flights in the 1950s after securing a PanAm uniform by fraud and forging a pilot's license.

In a conversation with the Delhi police, Mahbubani admitted that he enjoyed dressing in different uniforms

In a conversation with the Delhi police, Mahbubani admitted that he enjoyed dressing in different uniforms

In a conversation with the Delhi police, Mahbubani admitted that he enjoyed dressing in different uniforms

A CISF officer said: & # 39; The man was in possession of a fake ID card from the captain of Lufthansa Airlines and he used it to get airport privileges.

& # 39; The passenger revealed that he used YouTube video on aviation and had obtained the fake ID card from Lufthansa in Bangkok. & # 39;

In a conversation with the Delhi police, Mr. Mahbubani admitted that he liked to dress different uniforms from different professions and often shared videos of him on the Tiktok platform.

The case echoes the Steven Spielberg movie Catch Me If You Can, based on scammer Frank Abagnale who flew more than a million miles on more than 250 flights in the 1950s

The case echoes the Steven Spielberg movie Catch Me If You Can, based on scammer Frank Abagnale who flew more than a million miles on more than 250 flights in the 1950s

The case echoes the Steven Spielberg movie Catch Me If You Can, based on scammer Frank Abagnale who flew more than a million miles on more than 250 flights in the 1950s

The suspect's phone also contained photos of him posing as an army colonel.

Sanjay Bhatia, Deputy Police Commissioner at Delhi Airport said: & # 39; During the interrogation, Mahbubani said he was a frequent traveler and pretended to be a pilot of international airlines to gain easy access during security clearance and preferential treatment. get from security agencies and airlines & # 39 ;, reports The Hindustan Times.

It is claimed that the passenger had a forged identity card that he used to gain access to the crew rooms and to receive & # 39; preferential treatment & # 39; including seat upgrades, Mr. Bhatia said.

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