Thursday, October 25, 2018

Drunk man abuses airline ground staff, arrested

Kolkata: Passengers booked on Jet Airways flight to Delhi on Tuesday evening were in for a shock at the check-in desk with an inebriated passenger creating a ruckus after blocking a counter for nearly 20 minutes. When the passenger was asked to move to another counter as he was booked on another airline, he allegedly began abusing the staff. Following a complaint by the airline, the middle-aged man was taken into custody.
Amitava Ganguly, an employee of a private firm in Gurgaon, was returning home after spending the Pujas in Kolkata. He did display the ticket at the terminal entrance but then misplaced it. According to airport officials, Ganguly appeared to be inebriated in the manner he slurred and walked unsteadily.
Approaching a Jet Airways check-in counter, he demanded a boarding pass from the airline ground staff. When the airline asked him to furnish the travel documents, he first patted his pockets and then opened his bag to take out toiletries, clothes and even undergarments.
When the passenger finally found the ticket and handed it over to the airline official, she discovered he was booked on SpiceJet and not Jet Airways. On asking him to move to the SpiceJet counter located on a different island, he turned abusive. “The passenger claimed the ground staff had been harassing him and now wanted him to shift to another counter. He didn’t seem to understand that it was he who had come to the wrong airline counter and the Jet Airways staff did not have any inkling of the mistake till he produced the ticket,” an airport official said.
With the passenger refusing to calm down and carrying on with offensive words, the airline lodged a complaint with the police.
25/10/18 Times of India
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