British Airways offloaded two ‘drunk’ passengers at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) as they were insisting on playing a musical instrument inside the flight.
The two Canadian nationals had to spend eight hours at the airport before they were sent in another flight. According to sources, the Central Industrial Security Force had to help the airline in controlling the passengers. Also, the pilot of the plane refused to fly with them.
“At 2.15am on April 13, the passengers were offloaded by the British Airways. They were heading to London by BA 142, which was scheduled to depart at 1.50am. They were in an inebriated state and created nuisance inside the flight. They were taken to the transfer area with the help of security personnel,” said an airport official.
Sources said that the duo was carrying some musical instrument and started playing it in the flight. “They were told to stop it but they refused. To avoid any problem in air, they were offloaded,” the source said.
The passengers had come from Kathmandu and were travelling via Delhi to London. They later departed at 10am by Qatar airways. The airline had also called the Delhi Police but no case was registered.
“The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority. We are sorry for the delay to customers’ travel plans,” said a spokesperson of British Airways.
Delhi airport, which handles about 1.2 lakh passengers every day, has started witnessing such cases almost every day.