A Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Bhopal was delayed by almost two hours as a group of passengers refused to let the aircraft fly without their delayed companions. This incident took place on Friday, on board flight 9W 7083 that was scheduled to leave Mumbai at 5:55 in the morning.
The group of passengers, who were a part of a marriage party, allegedly bullied the Jet Airways staff to persuade and compensate the other passengers to deboard the plane so that their family members, who were running late to the airport, could fly. As a result, the Jet Airways staff tried convincing the passengers for over an hour, after which five people deboarded the plane and accepted ₹10,000 as compensation.
According to India Today, the group was an 'affluent Gujarati family' that created the chaos and one of the main reasons why the Jet Airways staff agreed to accommodate the family was because they were related to a 'powerful' minister. The report further states that the scene turned uglier when the wedding party blocked the aircraft doors to prevent it from shutting. The flight staff tried to restore the peace by offering compensation but, the group still proceeded to hold the flight.
This incident was confirmed by the Jet Airways team. "The offloaded guests - part of a larger group, refused to accept the airline's offer of compensation/re-accommodation on alternative flights, and together with other members of the group, proceeded to hold the flight," an airline spokesman said in the official statement that was tweeted.
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