Watch: Air India officials offer lesson in how not to treat your passengers

Air India, which already has a reputation for sullen customer unfriendly staff has done it again. A new video doing the rounds on social media, has shown a group of Air India officials steadfastly refusing to allow a group of pleading, crying passengers fly, because they were five minutes late to check in.

One of the passengers, who said her mother was battling for her life in the ICU, was seen crying and pleading with the officials but all she got in response was, "Control yourself Ma'am."

In fact, the officials appear totally nonchalant as the passengers are seen pleading, fighting and even crying. "Nothing is free boss. Once you're late you will lose the ticket," one Air India official says. The Passengers reportedly reported for check in 55 minutes before their flight was scheduled to take off from Mumbai's international terminal. According to the Air India website, check-in stops 60 minutes before an international flight.

 Watch: Air India officials offer lesson in how not to treat your passengers

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Shivendra Namdeo, who uploaded the video, said on his Facebook page, "As Per the Message from AIR INDIA one should be within 45 mins from departure . . . . . & Even though PPL are 55 mins before departure. They are not allowed to enter."

According to this report in CNN IBN, the passengers said that they got a text message from Goibibo, a travel website, which instructed them to arrive at the airport 45 minutes before departure.

Air India issued a statement on Twitter which said:


The incident happened on 14 February and was video-recorded by Namdeo who later uploaded the video. Watch the full video here:

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Updated Date: Feb 17, 2015 18:12:55 IST