Fake Garuda Indonesia pilot arrested at Soekarno-Hatta airport

Evidence seized from a man pretending to be a Garuda Indonesia pilot.
PHOTO: Airport Police file

Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Police arrested a man posing as a pilot for national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia at the airport's Terminal 3 in Tangerang, Banten, on Friday.

The man, identified as Alvin Adithya Darmawan, was wearing a Garuda pilot uniform when he checked in at the Garuda counter at 11.40 am on Friday, Soekarno-Hatta police chief Sr. Comr. Victor Togi Tambunan said. Besides dressing in uniform, Alvin was also reportedly carrying a Garuda air crew ID.

Alvin was seen wandering around the terminal before heading to a security check point when a real Garuda pilot named Andre saw him and became suspicious of Alvin's behaviour.

"Based on his suspicions, captain [Andre] then talked to the man, but he replied with unclear answers," Victor said as reported by kompas.com on Saturday.

Andre then reported Alvin to flight security personnel near the check point.

Head of the criminal investigation unit at the airport, Comr. James Hasudungan Hutajulu, said Alvin was a passenger on a Garuda flight to Semarang, Central Java. He reportedly told police that he was obsessed with the idea of becoming a pilot.

"When he graduated high school he applied to get into a pilot school but he failed," James said as quoted by tribunnews.com.

Alvin was still detained for questioning as of Friday evening.