Thursday, October 19, 2006

BJP MP grounded by airline staff

New Delhi: BJP MP Lakshman Singh’s hopes of representing the country at the UN General Assembly suffered a rude setback, when the Emirates Airlines refused to fly him to New York.
Emirates stated non-clearance from the FBI as the reason for grounding Singh.
Singh and his wife Rubina were to travel to New York by an early morning flight on Sunday, but on reaching the Indira Gandhi International Airport, they were not handed over the boarding passes.
The US embassy, however, has made it clear that an FBI clearance is required only in the case of those who either have a criminal record or have an Interpol notice against them.
Taken aback, Singh protested vehemently and even produced a letter from the MEA, but the airlines staff refused to budge.
18/10/06 Javed M Ansari/Daily News & Analysis

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