Man fakes airport hijacking to avoid holidays with girlfriend

Man fakes airport hijacking to avoid holidays with girlfriend

MUMBAI — Sometimes, he’s just not that into you.

This was an especially brutal lesson learned by one woman in India, whose online boyfriend pulled off an elaborate scheme just to get out of going on holiday with her.

According to KarryOn, a 32-year-old married father was being pressured by his girlfriend to take the relationship to the next level. She suggested taking a holiday together, one that he couldn’t afford. But instead of telling her the truth about his finances, he created fake plane tickets from Chennai to Mumbai.

But that’s not even the worst part: he then set up a fake email address from which he sent a hoax email to authorities. In the email, he pretended to be a woman who claimed to have overhead a group of men discussing plans to hijack planes in cities that include – you guessed it – Chennai and Mumbai.

His logic (if you can call it that) was that if the flight was cancelled due to a possible terror threat, he wouldn’t be blamed for ruining his girlfriend’s holiday plans. What he didn’t anticipate, however, were police officers tracing his email’s IP address back to the Internet café where he used to send the hoax email.


The man now faces up to five years in prison and a $150 fine, not to mention a particularly nasty breakup with his girlfriend.