Friday, October 26, 2018

After two days of refusal, drunk flier leaves Kolkata

Kolkata: In a first at Kolkata airport, a passenger was refused boarding for the second day in succession for turning up in an inebriated condition. He finally managed to travel on Thursday in his third attempt when airline staff found him sober enough to board the aircraft.
On Wednesday evening, the middle-aged passenger who claimed he worked in a private firm of Gurgaon and was visiting Kolkata — his hometown — on the occasion of Durga Puja, arrived at the airport at 7.30pm to take the Jet Airways flight 9W 497 that was scheduled to depart at 9.10pm.
Sources said the flier reeked of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet. When he was asked to produce the flight ticket at the check-in desk, he failed to do so. On Tuesday evening, too, he had emptied the contents of his travel bag on the counter but failed to find the ticket for 20 minutes. When he finally did, it turned out that he was booked on a SpiceJet flight (SG 264) and not Jet Airways.
Wary of the passenger’s behaviour the previous evening when he had turned abusive and forced the airline to lodge a complaint that led to his arrest, Jet Airways officials alerted CISF officers on duty.
On Thursday, the passenger finally managed to reach the airport sober and flew out on Air India flight AI 701 that departed at 5.30pm. Sources said the passenger on seat 14C was quiet and kept to himself during the two-hour flight.
26/10/18 Times of India
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