A 21-year-old man was made to de-board a Jet Airways Kolkata-Mumbai flight and detained on Monday after a fellow passenger saw him covering his face with a handkerchief and typing in a message about terrorists on Snapchat, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) said in a statement.
Yogvedant Poddar was seen sending a photo of a masked man on Snapchat with a threatening comment, the police told NDTV.
He was taken off the plane after he was seen typing on his phone "Terrorist on flight, I destroy women hearts", the CISF statement said, according to PTI.
Co-passenger Benjamin Plackett, who was sitting behind Poddar, noticed the message and immediately alerted the flight captain. The captain, in turn, reported the matter to the Jet Airways Duty Manager, the statement maintained.
The man was then detained by security officials of Jet Airways and his bags were re-examined, PTI reported.
Poddar was visibly traumatised and told the officers that he was not a terrorist, a senior CISF officer told News18. He said he was innocent and told the officers that he was just playing a prank with his friends, the officer added.
The CISF statement further said, "No suspicious or objectionable item was found in his bags."
The 21-year-old resident of Beliaghata area in Kolkata has been handed over to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport police station for further investigation, the statement said.
The Mumbai-bound flight, with 160 passengers on board, was delayed by more than an hour as the security staff carried out a thorough check, it added.
PTI contributed to this story.