Saturday, July 01, 2023

‘Travelled 96 Hours’: US Flight Disruption Haunts Indian Travellers’ Summer Plans

New Delhi: US airports are dealing with widespread flight delays this week due to thunderstorms in the Northeast. The prolonged delays, lasting several hours, have posed a significant challenge for airlines as they struggle with a surge in passenger numbers, while also raising concerns for the upcoming July 4 holiday.

The situation has also created severe difficulties for passengers travelling to India.

Samrat Ghosh experienced the most harrowing time this week as he travelled for 96 hours to reach his home country. What made it, even more, disheartening for him was that he was accompanied by his parents. The family is visiting India after an absence of nearly five years.

According to Ghosh, they encountered multiple delays caused by the thunderstorms, which also raised concerns for the family as they had a connecting flight to Doha.

“Our journey began with a 20-minute delay in boarding the American Airlines flight from Charlotte to New York (JFK) due to thunderstorms. The flight itself took off 40 minutes late, and upon reaching JFK, we faced another hour’s delay in landing due to bad weather and low visibility. This delay became a cause for concern as we had a connecting flight to Doha in just 30 minutes,” Livemint quoted Ghosh as saying.

Despite their concerns, the family members managed to reach the gate on time, only to realize that they hadn’t been properly checked in at Charlotte, and their seats had been assigned to other passengers.

“Frustrated, we were directed to American guest services, where we had to go back and forth between counters, eventually finding out that the next available flight to Doha was in two days, he added.


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