Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Afghans Hide in Air India Toilets, Reach Britain
Reuters | 10/30/01

Posted on 10/29/2001 10:14:31 PM PST by Freedom of Speech Wins

Tuesday October 30 12:11 AM ET

Afghans Hide in Air India Toilets, Reach Britain

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - At least two Afghans hid in toilets on an Air India plane and reached London without passports, valid tickets or visas and sought asylum, newspapers reported Tuesday.

The stowaways boarded an Air India flight from Bombay to London with a stopover in New Delhi Sunday. But instead of disembarking in the Indian capital, they stayed on the plane, the Hindustan Times said.

The paper quoted officials of the state-run airline as saying two Afghan nationals hid in the toilets and managed to reach London without being detected.

``The two men rushed to immigration at Heathrow and demanded political asylum. They were taken away for interrogation,'' Air India's commercial director V.K. Verma was quoted as saying.

The Economic Times, however, said there were four Afghans on the flight who made it to London without travel documents.

A spokesman for the airline declined to make any immediate comment on the newspaper reports.

The security breach coincided with the start of the government's Aviation Security Week designed to reinforce security measures at airports around the country.

India has been on heightened alert since the Sept. 11 air assaults on the United States. There have been two hijack scares in India since then.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS:

1 posted on 10/29/2001 10:14:31 PM PST by Freedom of Speech Wins
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Freedom of Speech Wins
Sometimes the jokes just write themselves....
2 posted on 10/29/2001 10:17:51 PM PST by oc-flyfish
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Freedom of Speech Wins
Fly Air India.... it's obviously not secure, but it's free! For ticketed passengers, toilet privileges not included.
3 posted on 10/29/2001 10:20:57 PM PST by onyx
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: oc-flyfish
Lets hear one. Common, you can do it! :).
4 posted on 10/29/2001 10:33:47 PM PST by Freedom of Speech Wins
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Freedom of Speech Wins
This could've been prevented with a federal potty patrol to clean between flights.</sarcasm>
5 posted on 10/29/2001 10:35:49 PM PST by Rubber Duckie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Freedom of Speech Wins
When ya' gotta go, ya' gotta go!
6 posted on 10/29/2001 10:45:05 PM PST by Robear
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Rubber Duckie
At least they were smart enough not to hide in the wheel wells.
7 posted on 10/29/2001 10:54:56 PM PST by celtic gal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Freedom of Speech Wins
Air India Security Guarad Screening Passengers prior to Boarding


8 posted on 10/29/2001 10:58:52 PM PST by Diogenesis
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Diogenesis
LOLOL! Another failed levitation by Sri "Wrong-Way" Ramdhishedagain, the human jack hammer.
9 posted on 10/29/2001 11:54:02 PM PST by Bonaparte
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Freedom of Speech Wins; CommiesOut; madrussian; Askel5

I imagine that the only thing worse than an Air India toilet is a Ukrainian one.

10 posted on 10/30/2001 12:55:34 AM PST by struwwelpeter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Freedom of Speech Wins
So that's how Afgans fly their planes.
11 posted on 10/30/2001 12:59:48 AM PST by fella
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: struwwelpeter
It could just as easily be Italian.
12 posted on 10/30/2001 2:57:34 AM PST by csvset
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Freedom of Speech Wins
I wonder how they did that.
13 posted on 10/30/2001 3:02:55 AM PST by Patria One
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Patria One
I wonder how they did that.

So do I. It's 4,460 air miles from Bombay to London. Didn't anyone on that plane have to use the facilities?

14 posted on 10/30/2001 3:10:18 AM PST by Orual
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Orual
I flew back from NYC on Air India earlier this month. If the curry I had was anything to go by I think there would be quite a high demand for their loos.
15 posted on 10/30/2001 3:15:13 AM PST by jjbrouwer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Orual
LOL.. my thoughts exactly... Never mind the curry.
16 posted on 10/30/2001 3:17:29 AM PST by Patria One
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Freedom of Speech Wins
That proves that they do not clean their toilets.
17 posted on 10/30/2001 3:20:32 AM PST by Bahbah
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: struwwelpeter
They have turkist toilets like that ALL OVER FRANCE as well!!
18 posted on 10/30/2001 3:50:06 AM PST by crazykatz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

Comment #19 Removed by Moderator

To: oc-flyfish
ROFL ROFL
20 posted on 10/30/2001 4:11:25 AM PST by Lilly
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Freedom of Speech Wins
The U.K. needs to flush these idiots.
21 posted on 10/30/2001 5:26:26 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: anniegetyourgun
I once flew on the Greek national airline (Olympia) and one passenger nearby was crossing himself and praying the rosary, and the person next to me touched the wall by the window and a big tile fell off. I can't remember if I was brave enough to get out of the seat and use the toilet.
22 posted on 10/30/2001 5:32:04 AM PST by Ciexyz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Freedom of Speech Wins
Afghans Hide in Air India Toilets

floaters or sinkers w/ a snorkel?

23 posted on 10/30/2001 5:32:08 AM PST by putupon
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Freedom of Speech Wins
Now we need Potty Marshals?
24 posted on 10/30/2001 5:51:21 AM PST by MissAmericanPie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Freedom of Speech Wins
``The two men rushed to immigration at Heathrow and demanded political asylum. They were taken away for interrogation,'' Air India's commercial director V.K. Verma was quoted as saying.

It is my understanding that, due to legislation invented by Teddy Kennedy, anyone who makes it to JFK airport--or any U.S. port-of-entry--need only yell for political asylum and state that he is a refugee. Immediately he becomes immune from, e.g., instant deportation. Authorities must schedule a hearing and release him. The vast majority vanish into the crowd and are never seen again.

This is my recollection from an article read long ago. If anybody knows this is wrong, please correct me.

--Boris

25 posted on 10/30/2001 6:18:24 AM PST by boris
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Freedom of Speech Wins
They sure are causing a stink, aren't they?
26 posted on 10/30/2001 7:22:42 AM PST by I_Publius
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: struwwelpeter
There must be so much shit in Indian toilets that a couple of Afghans can hide there.
27 posted on 10/30/2001 7:37:30 AM PST by madrussian
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: boris
You're right. That's the law. Thanks to Senator Kennedy's 1965 legislation. The best thing I've read explaining what he did and how he did it was in the National Review several years ago. It also explains how he made sure the legislation contained language that resulted in chain migration, whereby you come here and are entitled to bring all of your relatives, one of the main ways our country lost control of immigration and turned it over to the immigrants. "Family reunification," as the system is called, has meant more illiterate, ill, mentally unstable immigrants have come here than any other country in history -- all eligible for American social programs, such as SSI. They have preference over educated, English speaking folks who just might contribute to our well being instead of being a drain or a danger. Back to the refugees: they get on a plane in, say, Timbuctu and tear up their passports and other identifying documents (many are fleeing the law. About five years ago, some in Congress wanted to make the airlines responsible for ensuring everyone had papers when they arrive, but the airline lobby defeated it). When these wretches get here, they claim refugee or asylee status, make up a name and country of origin, talk to an INS inspector for maybe three minutes and are let go with a piece of paper telling them to show up for a hearing six months later. The INS has no resources to track them, or to track them down. That's the last anyone knows about them, unless they, for instance, highjack an airplane. AdR
28 posted on 10/30/2001 8:07:52 AM PST by 3AngelaD
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: Freedom of Speech Wins
...without passports, valid tickets or visas and sought asylum...

What kind of asylum? [I know.... I know... =]

29 posted on 10/30/2001 8:14:02 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Freedom of Speech Wins; struwwelpeter; CommiesOut; madrussian; Askel5; sirgawain...

30 posted on 10/30/2001 9:05:51 AM PST by Mr. Bungle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mr. Bungle

31 posted on 10/30/2001 5:39:03 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson