NEW DELHI: Air India pilot was handcuffed in front of passengers and deplaned by US law enforcement authorities. The action is taken based on allegations related to accessing and downloading child pornography, official sources said.
All these occurred at San Francisco on Monday and the pilot was deplaned by the authorities soon after his plane landed from New Delhi, they added.
“The US authorities seized his passport, cancelled his visa and deported him back to India,” the Air India officials explained.
“When the Delhi-San Francisco plane landed in the US on Monday, the pilot was handcuffed in front of the passengers and deplaned,” they said.
“The pilot was under the scanner of US law enforcement authorities such as the FBI for accessing and downloading child pornography,” the officials further added .
Air India’s spokesperson is tight lipped to queries related to this incident.
Images of child pornography are not protected under the First Amendment rights and are illegal contraband under federal law in the United States.
Section 2256 of Title 18, United States Code, defines child pornography as any “visual depiction” of sexually explicit conduct involving a “minor”, who is someone under 18 years of age.
“Visual depictions” include photographs, videos, digital or computer-generated images indistinguishable from an actual minor and images created, adapted or modified, but appear to depict an identifiable, actual minor.