Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Mother, crying baby offloaded from Vistara flight from Chennai to Delhi

A 30-year-old mother, who had just boarded the Vistara Airline flight from Chennai to New Delhi on Monday, was struggling to calm her four-month-old baby, who was crying. As she and her husband were consoling the baby, the cabin crew allegedly asked them to deboard the plane. Incidentally, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami was also travelling to Delhi on the same flight. The flight was delayed due to the incident, but it took off at 12.15 pm, without the mother and her baby. However, Vistara said that the mother asked to deboard with her daughter as she was concerned about her daughter's health. 

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister boarded the Vistara flight from Chennai to Delhi on Monday for a two-day official meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several senior BJP leaders. The flight was supposed to take off at 11.55 pm with 94 passengers. However, once passengers boarded the flight, a four-month-old baby reportedly started crying inconsolably. The parents of the baby — Rahul and Lakshmi Devi — tried to console the baby but their efforts failed. 

Soon, the passengers in the flight allegedly started raising complains, stating that they were getting disturbed by the cries. Although scenarios where infants crying throughout the flight journey are common and flight attendants intervene to help the parents, in this case, the air hostess allegedly requested the mother to deboard the plane, along with her daughter. Sources in the Chief Minister's Office said the CM boarded the flight only 20 minutes after the mother and child were offloaded, and that the airline has offloaded crying babies previously as well. 

Initially, Lakshmi Devi showed apprehensions to exit but later agreed. The incident resulted in a delay of the flight by 15 minutes, said reports. 

Once the mother and daughter were offloaded, the plane took off at 12.15 pm along with the Chief Minister and 92 passengers. 

19/01/21 News Minute

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