Indian immigration officials were forced to track a Qatar Airways pilot in Kerala this week, after he was accused of breaking immigration rules.
The pilot – a Bangladeshi national – landed his flight at Trivandrum International and left the airport on route to a hotel. However, according to a report by Press Trust of India (PTI), pilots from countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Sri Lanka are not allowed to venture out of Indian airports.
Police officials confirmed the pilot was escorted back to the airport and sent back on another flight.
Pakistani crew members and pilots in other airports across the country have to stay inside the retiring rooms in the airports under strict security cover in the event of their flights operating there.