NEW DELHI: A young Indian man disguised as an 81-year-old was caught trying to board a plane to New York with a fake passport, authorities say.
The 32-year-old Jayesh Patel was arrested at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on Sunday.
With a dyed white beard and large spectacles, Mr Patel passed through initial security and immigration checks in a wheelchair but not all officials were fooled, local media report.
During a later security check, suspicions were raised when Mr Patel refused to be searched, claiming he was too old to stand.
When asked for documentation, he handed over a passport bearing the name of Amrik Singh, born on 1 February 1938 in Delhi.
Under questioning, Mr Patel confessed that he was impersonating an old man, and that the passport was not legitimate.
Mr Patel was detained and handed over to immigration authorities while an investigation takes place.
According to Indian media, Mr Patel, from the state of Gujarat, hired an agent who promised him a passport and a US visa.
The agent arranged for his make-up and costume – a white tunic and turban – to be applied in a hotel room in Delhi, Indian media reported.