Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Denied check-in, latecomer official gets flight searched

Chennai: A Chennai-Mumbai IndiGo flight (6E 654) was delayed by 10 minutes after the aircraft which was ready to depart was subjected to a check by customs officials on Sunday morning, allegedly after the airline refused to check in a customs officer who reached late.
The flight was scheduled to depart at 5.20am, but could leave only at 5.30am. Two customs officials entered the plane at 5.08am and left at 5.24am after inspection.
Airline sources and some airport officials said the "search" was more than a coincidence as it came after the customs officer was not allowed to check in.
The officer, of the rank of inspector, arrived almost 10 minutes after the counter had closed, said an airport source. "When not allowed to check in, the officer walked away in a huff saying the flight would not take off for the next 30 minutes, and walked into the boarding area," he said.
When the officer identified himself, the airline staff referred him to the duty manager, who tried to help him but could not as a majority of passengers had boarded the aircraft. The airline staff, instead, offered a seat on the next flight scheduled to leave at 6.45am.
03/04/18 Times of India

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