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Man, 32, caught posing as 81-year-old as he tried to fly to US

Jayesh Patel

Indian officials say Jayesh Patel, 32, posed as an elderly man in order to fly to the US (Picture: Central Industrial Security Force)

A young man impersonating an 81-year-old was caught as he tried to board a plane to the United States.

Jay Patel, 32, wore an elaborate disguise that included a white tunic, a turban, a fake white beard, and a wheelchair as he attempted to fly to New York from Indias Indira Gandhi International Airport on Sunday.

Using a fake passport that identified him as Amrik Singh, Patel successfully cleared both an initial security screening and the immigration counter on Sunday before security stopped him for questioning at terminal 3.

A spokesman for India Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) said: (We were) suspicious about him because his voice didnt match his age.

Despite (his) gray hair, his skin seemed to be quite young, as there were hardly any wrinkles on his face.

Jayesh Patel

Jay Patel, 32, wore an elaborate disguise that included a white tunic, a turban, a fake white beard

Jayesh Patel

Jayesh Patel used a wheelchair, fake beard, glasses, and a turban to hide his age (Picture: Central Industrial Security Force)

Security was also suspicious when Patel avoided making eye contact with officers and refused to get up from his chair.

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He posed as if he was very old and incapacitated, Shrikant Kishore, a senior official with CISF told CNN.

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Security also noticed that, although his hair was white, his roots were black. Officers put him through a more intensive security screening and discovered his true identity after Patel handed over his passport which listed him as being born in February 1939.

Kishore said: He was definitely not 80 years old. His skin was of a younger person.

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