Passengers Kicked Off Planes
November 20, 2011 by staff
Passengers Kicked Off Planes, 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 for six hours in Vienna when their Comtel airline flight stopped for fuel on Tuesday. The charter service asked them to kick in more than 20,000 pounds ($31,000) to fund the rest of the flight to Birmingham, England.
The situation may represent a new low in customer care in an era when frequent flyers have grown accustomed to long lines, long waits, and few perks.
Footage broadcast by Britain’s Channel 4 news showed a Comtel 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.”
Some passengers said they were sent off the plane to go to cash machines in Vienna to raise the money.
“We all got together, took our money out of purses _ 130 pounds,” said Reena Rindi, who was aboard with her 2-year-old daughter. “Children under two went free, my little one went free cause she’s under two. If we didn’t have the money, they were making us go one by one outside, in Vienna, to get the cash out.”
Amarjit Duggal told the BBC she was flying from the Indian city of Amritsar on Comtel after scattering her mother’s ashes. Her father, sister and uncle were still there and did not know when they would be able to return home.
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