Friday, February 26, 2016

Man falls ill on flight; passengers find it suspicious, and cause delay

Mumbai: It seems, owing to various threat alerts, air passengers these days are overcautious about safety measures while flying to their destinations. A classic example of this was seen on Wednesday evening in a SpiceJet flight. Few passengers, on Wednesday evening, delayed a flight only because they found something ‘suspicious’ in a person falling sick. At about 7.50am on Thursday, SpiceJet flight SG-487 (Goa-Kolkata via Mumbai) returned from taxiway on medical ground as a passenger, Sounak Kar, complained of unease. However, the flight got further delayed only because five of the passengers, who raised concern over the sick passenger delaying the flight for around three hours. The Kolkata-bound flight was to push back from bay A2 for its scheduled departure at 7.45am. It, however, returned from the taxiway on medical grounds, and was then parked at bay 87. The aircraft had to return as Kar, who was seated on seat 33C, complained of uneasiness. Airline officials say that, immediately after the aircraft’s door was closed, Kar said that he was feeling uneasy. “The passenger was immediately approached by the flight attendants, who helped him relax. He was not only given juices, but was also provided with oxygen mask. However, nothing seemed to work for him as, after sometime, he complained of feeling claustrophobic, that resulted in the pilot deciding to return the aircraft to the bay,” explained a senior airline officer.
26/02/16 Neha LM Tripathi/Mid Day
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