CHENNAI: There was a scare at the domestic airport here on Wednesday evening, when a woman passenger attempted to check-in with a duffel bag filled with bullets. Surya allegedly walked into the airport at 4 pm to board the 5.15 pm Spicejet flight to Madurai. According to airport sources, the woman gave her black bag for screening as she wanted to carry it on board.
When CISF personnel manning the scanner looked at their screens they were shocked to see that the bag was filled with what appeared to be bullets and cartridges. They stopped her and opened the bag to find that it contained 175 unfired bullets and two cartridges.
The airport police were then alerted and the bullets were handed over to them. According to a police officer, Surya explained that she had made the mistake of picking up the wrong bag, as she had left in a hurry. She reported said that her husband was a registered rifle shooter with the Madras Shooting Club, and that the bag belonged to him. Once the police identified that the bullets would fit a .22 caliber rifle, they quickly investigated whether her husband, Siva, possessed the licence.
Once he affirmed that it was indeed his, and produced relevant documents, they decided to let her travel. He produced a valid shooting licence for his gun and the purchase order for those bullets immediately. So, we let her travel but confiscated the bullets, added a senior police officer.
She boarded the flight on time but police said the bullets were still in their possession.