Several passengers of a Hyderabad-bound Air India flight weren’t allowed to board the aircraft Sunday morning due to “overbooking” by the airline.
The passengers said IC 942 left at its scheduled time of 10 am, leaving behind 12 passengers who had valid tickets.
“I had booked my ticket in April but was still denied a seat. I had an important exam in Hyderabad and was forced to buy the ticket of another airline,” Tripti Nashire, an MBA student, said.
The passengers were asked to wait for more than six hours to be accommodated in the 4.30 p.m evening flight.
“We undertake at least 10 per cent overbooking in all flights, as many passengers cancel their bookings. But all passengers reported on time today,” said an airline official. “Passengers who were left behind were offered seats in the next flight.”