TRAVEL TALES

BUZZ OFF TYPO TER­ROR FORE­SIGHT FI­ASCO AC­CESS DE­NIED PEN PUSHER

Business Traveller (India) - - UPFRONT -

A pas­sen­ger was kicked o an IndiGo flight from Luc­know to Ben­galuru af­ter he com­plained about there be­ing an ex­ces­sive num­ber of mos­qui­toes inside the cabin. The pas­sen­ger claims he was man­han­dled by crew and threat­ened, though the air­line claims the man was act­ing bel­liger­ently, which led to ground se­cu­rity re­mov­ing him from the air­craft. A 65-year-old woman caused a por­tion of Bris­bane Air­port to be cor­doned o last month af­ter she wrote the words “Bomb to Bris­bane” on her lug­gage. The woman, who was trav­el­ling from Mumbai, had mis­tak­enly writ­ten “Bomb” rather than “BOM”, Mumbai’s air­port code. A pas­sen­ger on board a Lion Air flight from Jakarta to Padang was so con­vinced he could “see and feel” dan­ger that he donned a life vest six times through­out the flight, de­spite cabin crew re­mov­ing and stow­ing the life jacket on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions. The flight landed at its in­tended des­ti­na­tion with­out in­ci­dent. A Syr­ian man has spent more than a month liv­ing in the tran­sit sec­tion of Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Has­san al-Kon­tar was de­ported from the UAE to Malaysia in 2017, where he was ini­tially given a three-month visa, but was black­listed for “over­stay­ing”. Fol­low­ing a failed at­tempt to travel to Cam­bo­dia, he was sent back to Malaysia on March 7 this year and has been liv­ing at the air­port ever since. An Air China flight bound for Bei­jing was forced to make an un­sched­uled land­ing in Zhengzhou af­ter a pas­sen­ger used a foun­tain pen to hold a flight at­ten­dant hostage. Ac­cord­ing to police, the 41-year-old man had a his­tory of men­tal ill­ness and suered a sud­den psy­cho­log­i­cal episode.

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