Air India, pilot, deplaned, San Francisco

An Indian pilot of Air India was deplaned by US law enforcement authorities over allegations related to accessing and downloading child pornography, officials of the national carrier said on Sunday.

According to the reports, the incident happened in San Francisco on Monday and the pilot was deplaned by the authorities soon after his plane landed from New Delhi.

The US authorities seized his passport, cancelled his visa and deported him back to India, said an Air India official.

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The official further added that when the Delhi-San Francisco plane landed in the US on Monday, the pilot was handcuffed in front of the passengers and deplaned.

“The pilot was under the scanner of US law enforcement authorities such as the FBI for accessing and downloading child pornography,” the officials added. The spokesperson of Air India did not respond to queries related to the matter.

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In the United States, images of child pornography are not protected under the First Amendment rights and are illegal contraband under federal law. 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.

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