NEW DELHI: Union Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Tuesday stroke a controversy by accepting that he has often carried matchboxes on flights.

Not only this, the minister of the Modi government also swanked that being a minister he was not frisked anymore and therefore, he was able to save his lighters and matchboxes.

Questioning the security terms of the airlines, Raju questioned that how a matchbox could become a security threat.

“You cannot hijack a plane with a matchbox,” the minister said, adding, “I have not come across any episode across the world where a matchbox had led to any threat.”

Speaking at a function, the minister said, “I am a heavy smoker so my matchboxes came along with me which earlier used to be taken away.”

Soon after his remarks started gaining critical attention, the minister later defended his comments before the reporters.