Saturday, November 04, 2006

Faulty seat delays groom

On Thursday, a bridegroom almost missed his wedding when his flight got held up at Santacruz airport due to a faulty seat.
Accompanied by his elder brother Ali Zulphekari who is a Tata Power Company employee and two friends, the bridegroom boarded Indian flight IC 7561 around 7.30 am. The flight was scheduled to depart at 8 am. The duo expected to reach Hyderabad by 10 am in time for wedding-related functions.
When the flight crew asked passengers to buckle their seat belts, one passenger refused. He complained that the seat was shaking. Fearing it may cause trouble during take-off or landing, the crew immediately called the ground staff to repair the seat. Three technicians spent 20 minutes trying to fix the seat, but failed.
Since there were some unoccupied seats, the crew offered an alternate seat to the disgruntled passenger, and two others sitting adjacent to him.
The bridegroom and his brother were just heaving a sigh of relief when another passenger drew the attention of the air-hostesses. He was sitting behind the rickety seat. He too wanted to shift fearing that the breakfast served to him might spill all over his person.
He too was offered an alternate seat and the flight finally took off at 8.30 am.
The bridegroom and his brother managed to make it to the venue, but embarrassingly late.
04/11/06 K A Dodhiya/Mumbai Mirror
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