Passenger arrested on charge of non-cooperation at airport

The Cochin International Airport. File

The Cochin International Airport. File   | Photo Credit: Thulasi Kakkat

He allegedly abused officials verbally and refused to fill forms

A 54-year-old man created ruckus at the domestic arrival terminal of Cochin International Airport on Monday night as he refused to cooperate with the health officials on duty and abused them verbally.

Released on bail

The Nedumbassery police arrested him on a complaint lodged by a doctor on duty and registered a case invoking IPC Sections 294 (b) (sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place) and 506 (criminal intimidation). Later, he was released on bail.

The man, a resident of Elamkulam, had come from Chennai by a Spice Jet flight at 9.25 p.m. “He was asked to fill and sign two forms undertaking to go on a 14-day mandatory home quarantine applicable to those coming from outside the State. He, however, flew off the handle saying that he was fed up off signing affidavits. He also declined to wear the face mask despite the terminal being crowded with arrival of multiple flights. In fact, he threw away the mask given to him and had a go at the health officials. We have no idea why he acted the way he did,” said a health official who was on duty at that time.

The passenger also declined to maintain the queue, creating quite a discomfort for the majority of passengers who were complying with all instructions.

“The team on duty at that time checked in at 2 p.m. and was relieved only today at 10 a.m. We are polite with all passengers despite the immense stress and risk under which we are working. Such incidents will affect the morale of health officials,” the official said.

The medical team then alerted the police who took him into custody by which time the passenger had calmed down and was even apologetic. He was released on station bail.

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