Passport tearing at Indian airports

#16 Oct 5th, 2011, 14:05
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Urban myth, if only because the guy tearing the passport doesn't reap any direct benefit from it.
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Take it and don't tell anyone, Just PARTY HARD
My spouse is Indian, she said she will keep the money & I can go off with the "princess"..
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I did experience a "scam" of sorts at the Varanasi airport in March 2011:

I was with a group of 8 adults checking-in for a flight to Kathmandu.

I waited until the last in line to make sure that my friends were checked-in without any problems. I gave the boy who trollied in all the luggage and lifted it all onto the check-in counter a small tip. Next, the Jet Airways ticket counter clerk - in uniform - who issues your boarding passes asked for a tip. I refused and got a surly look along with my boarding pass. There was a charge for excess weight in the group's luggage which I asked to pay with my credit card. I was escorted to a small office where credit card payments were processed (I'm accustomed to this procedure). The person in Jet Airways uniform demanded a tip after he processed the payment. I refused and received another surly look. The person who escorted me to the credit card desk then escorted me back to the ticket counter to show my receipt. He asked for a tip. I refused. Another surly look. Ok ... I know ... This is just how things are done (although I've never had so many people in uniforms ask for tips in any other airport in India). Then we proceeded through immigration (as we were flying to Nepal). The uniformed immigration officer demanded a tip to stamp our passports. Now, I had finally had it and demanded to see a supervisor .... actually, I think my words were ... "I don't care if we stand here until hell freezes over, I'm not paying you a ----ing rupee"!

Of course, we were ushered right through when I said "supervisor".

P.S. I did contact Jet Airways to complain .... Never heard a word back. Guess they are waiting on a tip!
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#20 Oct 7th, 2011, 18:02
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Highly unusual. Airline staff in India (or anywhere else for that matter) have never asked for, nor indeed seemed to expect a tip - in my experience.
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Never had a problem with airline staff either and I take on average 2 domestic flights a week and one international flight a month. Have to add that I avoid Jet airways and their spawn (connect and lite) like the plague but for different reasons.
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I agree ... It was unusual ... it's the only time its ever happened to me. In fact, I've never had a uniformed airline person come right out and ask for a tip - most are very professional. But on that day in Varanasi, everyone was asking including the immigration officer.
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Never happened to me (in India, although it has happened elsewhere), but I was told by some friends abroad that some Indian immigration officers had asked them for money on departure. All these friends are of Indian origin, btw, and they happened to be talking of one airport- Kolkata.

Airline officials, very unusual.
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I had read this thread before going to India, and watched the immigration officer(s) upon going and coming back. There was never any instance of even a "close" attempt at trying to tear a page away from the passport ; and that's applicable for me and my wife !!

They, however, did run through "all the pages" of the passport for some reason...don't know why they would scroll through the entire passport, but maybe they have a reason..however, there was never an attempt to tear any pages.
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Originally Posted by cuddyver View Post They, however, did run through "all the pages" of the passport for some reason...don't know why they would scroll through the entire passport, but maybe they have a reason..however, there was never an attempt to tear any pages.
Some countries stamp passports on the last page or somewhere in-between. The immigration official is just trying to find out which countries you have visited recently.
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no matter what be careful when you are in india... As a indian i am telling this might not be true but if it is i would not be shocked and no one should fly air india in the first place...garbage airlines.
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How exactly do you imagine the thousands of members here get around there? Most of them do just fine.
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Ive had a few interesting incidents at IGI Delhi.

Flying to Canada as a student for the first time, i had some traveller cheques on me. Legally declared on the back of my passport and the person i got them from made me sign them once (seemed trivial at that time but turned out to be very important later). I roll into immigrations, all is good, the guy stamps the passport and then takes a glance at the back page. Next thing i know, im being ushered by a female "supervisor" into a long hallway and into a back office. Once in, she closes the door and asks me if i have any money on me. I say yes i have travellers cheques. She wants me to count them in front of her. I take them out of my pocket and start counting. I mustve counted maybe 5 (out of possibly 50 or 60 total) and she asked me if they are all signed. I said yes they are. She hands me my passport and tells me to leave.

Second incident was when im flying out of DEL again and there is a a guy in front of me who is going to canada on a student visa (i helped him fill out the departure form). He seemed a bit nervous (first time flyer i guess). the immigration guy senses his nervousness and starts messing with him. He is asked to produce a Canadian PR Card. the poor guy dosent even know what it is. The immigration official is insisting that he cant go to canada unless he has a PR card. Now im standing behind him listening the whole time and i see where this is going. I finally step in and inform the immigration official that he has a student visa and students dont get PR cards, permanent residents get PR cards. How do you know? Cause i had a student visa in the past. The look of disgust and the poor student finally gets his stamp.

It used to be pretty bad at DEL in the past but i guess they have improved a bit now.
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locating to help the indians getting their passport torn at indian airports

we have read the few blog related to the passport and visa pages tearing at indian airports. can any one please share us the genuine passport details which are torn at indian airport, so that we can help them in getting the justice. We have seen the blog of Mr. Arifuddin regarding tampering of his wife passport at hyderabad(India)airport but he has not specified his wife passport details to confirm the incident. We may have to collect information of such cases to take it up with the different government agencies to prevent such things from happening in future.
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I know the post is old now, but often wondered if you claimed your inheritance and are now living the high life everywhere. I myself won millions in a Nigerian lottery and that's what I am doing right now!

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