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Published on : Saturday, January 23, 2016
The “unruly behaviour” behaviour of at least 70 passengers became the ground for their offloading from a Raipur-bound IndiGo flight at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad last night, the airline said. The incident happened between 8:30 pm and 9:00 pm.
However, the passengers filed a complaint with airport police and countered the charge alleging they were harassed by the airline staff.
The airline in a statement said the passengers were offloaded “on the grounds of unruly behaviour”. A First Information Report has been lodged with local police.
The passengers, who were travelling to Raipur from Hyderabad in a group, purportedly were trying to exchange seats among themselves. An altercation erupted between the cabin crew and some passengers over this. The situation worsened and led to the extent of offloading of passengers.
In a statement the IndiGo airline narrated the incident saying that some of the male passengers of the group, who were standing in the aisle, did not pay heed to the repeated requests made by the cabin crew to take their seats before closing of the aircraft doors for take-off. They then began to brush their luggage against one of the crew members, the statement alleged.
The ground staff requested these passengers to cooperate with the crew but they allegedly started shouting and made threatening remarks.
The airline further said that despite their “unacceptable” behaviour, they all were served meals at the airport by IndiGo and accommodated on the subsequent flight free of charge.