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Wheelchair Raises Security Concerns For Air India Passengers In Bengaluru

Wheelchair Raises Security Concerns For Air India Passengers In Bengaluru

As an associate professor at ISI (Indian Statistical Institute) Kaushik Majumdar, was not allowed to board the Air India flight due to his wheelchair on Tuesday in Bengaluru to Kolkata voyage. The aircrew didn’t permit the professor to load his wheelchair in the aircraft with the batteries connect due to security concerns while the professor refused to remove the wires as they might ruin the functionality of his wheelchair.

The professor mentions that one of the staff members requested him to take off all the wires connected to the battery of his wheelchair to which he declined instantly. He further added saying this situation never occurred in his travelling experience after joining as a faculty member of Indian Statistical Institute since 2009 with Air India airlines. Majumdar’s wheelchair was always allowed to get loaded in the cargo area of the aircraft rather than the passenger area.

The professor smoothly cleared all the security concerns of Air India but was halted from boarding the flight. He further explained that on other flights from Air India, he was allowed to load his wheelchair with the battery connected. G P Rao, the general manager for corporate communications of Air India states that the passenger didn’t follow the safety protocols and that no person can intrude the norms set by Directorate General of civil aviation. Mr Rao explains that the safety of each passenger is equally important. However, the professor agreed to take-off the wires from the battery at the gate of boarding but later refused when was to board the flight. On this situation as the responsible official of the aircraft, the pilot had to take the decision of not letting the passenger from entering the aircraft of Air India from Bengaluru to Kolkata.

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