Monday, November 06, 2006

Why Miss Universe got grounded

Panaji: Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera and her entourage got stranded in Goa on Saturday after they were refused on board the Air Deccan flight to Bangalore.
Zuleyka's visit to Bangalore to create AIDS awareness was cancelled following the differences between FTV(Fashion television) and Air Deccan. Incidentally, why FTV needed to use a budget airline to carry Miss Universe and her entourage has become a talking point.
On Saturday evening, she found herself and her 27-member entourage that included her bodyguards, the models and New York-based designer Sanjana Jon being offloaded after Air Deccan refused to take on the extra 40 pieces of luggage unless Rs 60,000 was paid.
FTV's Chief Operating Officer Bharat Sheth reportedly wanted a waiver on the excess baggage. But Air Deccan staff said they could only give a discount of Rs 15,000. FTV was reportedly adamant about the waiver but Air Deccan stood its ground on the payment, leading to the 27-member party being offloaded.
05/11/06 Pushpa Iyengar/Daily News & Analysis
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