IndiGo offloads doctor over complaint of mosquitoes onboard, he plans legal action

April 10:In another incident where it could find itself on the wrong side of customer relations, low-cost carrier IndiGo forcibly offloaded a doctor from Bengaluru after he complained of mosquitoes on board flight 6E 541. Dr Saurabh Rai, who was travelling to Bengaluru from Lucknow on Monday evening, said he complained of mosquitos inside the aircraft immediately after boarding the flight. Rai, however, alleged that the crew members instead of paying heed manhandled him before offloading from the aircraft. The carrier, on its part, said Rai had used threatening language while speaking with a flight attendant and was offloaded for unruly behaviour.
"The Indigo flight from Lucknow to Bengaluru was full of mosquitoes when I raised an objection, I was manhandled by the crew and offloaded from the aircraft, I was even threatened," ANI quoted Rai as saying. Rai, a cardiologist, told that he would take "legal recourse" soon against the airline as well as lodge a complaint with the civil aviation ministry, DGCA and Prime Minister's Office.
Recalling the incident, Rai said after the aircraft door was shut, he asked whether the crew members could arrange for mosquito repellent but there was no response. After a few minutes, airline personnel rushed towards his seat and caught him by his collar before dragging him to the ramp, Rai claimed. "After they deboarded me, they told I can fly only if I tender an apology," he said. Rai also claimed that IndiGo staff said mosquitoes were all over India and asked, "So will you leave the country?".
Rai then alleged that the flight took off without him since he refused to tender an apology. The doctor also claimed he had to buy a new ticket and the IndiGo authorities made him delete all photos and videos of the incident. When asked about IndiGo's claim of unruly behaviour, Rai said if that was the case then why was he allowed to travel in another IndiGo flight and no police complaint was lodged.
In a statement about the incident, IndiGo has, meanwhile, stated: "A passenger, Saurabh Rai, scheduled to fly this morning from Lucknow to Bengaluru, was offloaded on grounds of unruly behaviour. He expressed concerns over mosquitos on board. Before cabin crew could address his concerns he became aggressive and used threatening language."
The carrier further said Rai also instigated other passengers to damage the aircraft, using words such as "hijack", following which he was offloaded at Lucknow's Amausi Airport. "As matter escalated after the closure of the aircraft doors, he attempted to instigate other passengers on board to damage the aircraft and used words such as 'hijack'. Hence, keeping in mind applicable safety protocols crew apprised pilot-in-command, who decided to offload him," IndiGo said. Agencies
Source: Agencies



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