“You can’t hijack a plane with a matchbox”: Aviation Minister


New Delhi: Union aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Tuesday stoked a controversy by admitting that he often carried matchboxes on flights.

As if this is not enough, the minister went on saying that he was not frisked anymore and hence could now save his lighters and matchboxes.
The minister questioned how matchbox could become a security threat.

“You can’t hijack a plane with a matchbox,” the minister said, adding, “I haven’t come across any incident worldwide where a matchbox had led to any threat.”

“I am a heavy smoker so my matchboxes came along with me which earlier used to get confiscated,” Ashok Gajapathi Raju said at a function.