Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Eco-scavenger ‘barred from business-class’

New Delhi: An Indian eco-scavenger claimed he was barred from flying business class because of his appearance, a report said.
Santraj Maurya, who earns his living recycling paper and plastic from Delhi's garbage dumps, said a charity had given him the ticket to travel to a waste disposal conference in Brazil.
But Alitalia staff did not believe his explanation of how he had a business-class ticket costing thousands of dollars, he told the Asian Age newspaper.
Maurya said that check-in staff at Delhi airport told him he would not be allowed to travel business class because he 'did not look like a businessman'.
The airline called security and he was whisked out of the airport, the report said.
Maurya, who missed the conference in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, could not be contacted for further comment.
But an Alitalia official denied that the carrier screened passengers on the basis of their socio-economic background.
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