Airline Demands Cash From Passengers
November 18, 2011 by staff
Airline Demands Cash From Passengers, Airlines have already begun charging for food, drinks, seat assignments and baggage. Now one is demanding that passengers cough up extra cash on board for fuel.
Hundreds of passengers traveling from India to Britain were stranded Thursday in Amritsar, India, by the charter airline Comtel, which was asking them to kick in money to cover the cost of fuel and fees.
Passengers will not be allowed to leave unless they paid 10,000 rupees (about $200) each, Bhupinder Kandra, the airline’s majority shareholder, told the BBC.
That came just days after 180 other travelers flying the same airline on the same route were stranded in Vienna until they could raise more than 20,000 pounds ($31,000) to fund the rest of the flight to Birmingham, England.
Footage from the first Comtel airline incident broadcast by Britain’s Channel 4 news showed a cabin crew member telling passengers: “We need some money to pay the fuel, to pay the airport, to pay everything we need. If you want to go to Birmingham, you have to pay.”
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