Mumbai airport scare: 2 detained for sending promotional balloons into air

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Mumbai, May 26: Two persons have been detained by the Mumbai Police following a scare at the airport which forced a Jet Airways flight to abort take off. The police while questioning the two persons have found that the flying objects which were mistaken for remote controlled parachutes could have been promotional balloons.

The police had yesterday said that these flying objects could have also been Chinese lanterns that are sold at the Juhu beach and could have strayed into the airspace [When Chinese lanterns brought Mumbai airport to a standstill]

2 booked for promotional balloons

Security lapse will be taken seriously

On Saturday, a Jet Airways flight was told to abort take off after flying objects were spotted in the air. These objects were initially mistaken to be remote controlled parachutes. This sent the security machinery at the airport into a tizzy.

However the police during the initial part of the probe had found that these were Chinese lanterns being sold at the Juhu Beach and could have strayed into airspace.

However further investigation led to the arrest of two persons. It is now being suspected that those flying objects could be promotional balloons. Police officials say that the two persons will be booked if found guilty. This amounts to negligence, police officials also said.

Flying object scare

The issue of flying objects into the airspace has been dealt with several times in the past. There have been complaints about flying objects such as Chinese lanterns into the airspace.

In recent times this is the second time that such an incident is taking place. The last two times, the police had received complaints about Chinese lanterns from the Juhu beach flying into the air space which had caused a security scare.

The Mumbai Police had instructed the beat cops on the beach to prevent this from happening. The police had also issued a warning against all those carrying out promotional activity to avoid sending flying objects into the air.

Police officials in Mumbai say that they will take steps to stop such occurrences in the future. Airports are high on the radar of terrorists and hence there cannot be a single chance that we can take, the officer also added.

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