17 ON FLIGHT TO ABU DHABI FIGHT WITH AI CREW, ARE OFF­LOADED

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Seventeen pas­sen­gers bound to Abu Dhabi trav­el­ling on board an Air In­dia Ex­press flight were off­loaded at Thiru­vanan­tha­pu­ram air­port af­ter some of them al­legedly as­saulted the cabin crew, tried to barged into the cock­pit and kick open the air­craft door on Thurs­day evening.

Tem­pers flared af­ter a tech­ni­cal snag caused mi­nor de­lay in take-off and poor air-con­di­tion­ing made the air­craft cabin hot. The pas­sen­gers’ ire reached the tip­ping point when a women flier, un­able to deal with the heat, passed out on board.

“Four trav­ellers among those off­loaded had turned ex­tremely un­ruly. They were try­ing to en­ter the cock­pit. When the crew tried to stop them a male purser was badly as­saulted,” said air­line sources.

Sources added that while the air­line de­cided to off­load the four trav­el­ers, the oth­ers in­clud­ing women and a child also left the air­craft as they were re­lated to the of­fend­ers. CON­TIN­UED ON P8

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