Mumbai: Frequent fliers are well aware that its heavy going with airlines when it comes to any excess baggage. But 24-year-old Vinish Vincent George claims, in his particular case, national carrier Air India has gone too far. Falling short of 35 Canadian dollars towards payment for his extra baggage proved costly for the aspiring Indian pilot, who is stranded at Pearson Airport, Toronto since 12.40 pm (local time) on April 29.
George, who recently completed his pilot training course at Ontario, was set to board Air Indias Toronto-Delhi flight AI 188 on April 29, when the entire row started. The victim, whose two bags were designated as overweight, says he was asked to repack from two bags to three as he reached the AI flight counter at the airport. He scurried around and managed to do the needful. However, to his shock, he was not allowed to board, since the airline allegedly said his boarding time had elapsed.
George, who is at Pearson Airport since April 29, says he has not eaten anything and is still hopeful that the airline will revert back to him. Speaking exclusively to MiD DAY, George said, I booked my Air India flight Toronto-Delhi for April 29 and was happy to have secured a seat on our national carrier. From Delhi I was to catch another AI flight to Thiruvananthapuram. As I was returning back after completion of my training, carrying all my books and clothing, I had some extra luggage and
02:52 PM, May 01, 2012