Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Airline passengers say they were forced to pay for fuel

www.timesofearth.com Passengers on board a flight from the Indian city of Amritsar said on Thursday that they were forced to collect money on board the plane to fund the remainder of their trip back to Britain. Those on board said they were "held to ransom" for six hours on the runway in the Austrian capital Vienna after the flight with Austrian airline Comtel Air from Amritsar stopped to refuel. Passengers said they were told they had to hand over £20000 ($31500, 23500 euros) to complete the journey to Birmingham. More than 180 passengers, who should have arrived in Birmingham on Saturday, finally reached the city late on Tuesday, according to the Birmingham Mail. Elderly women and children were among the passengers. One passenger, Dalvinder Batra, told the paper: "It is absolutely disgusting. There are still people stuck out there." Ranbir Dehal said: "We were escorted to the cash point to take money out. They said there was a deficit of nearly 24000 euros and they gave us receipts." Reena Rindi, who was travelling with her two-year-old daughter, told Channel 4 News: "We wanted to go home. We'd been stranded for about three to four days. Who was going to take us home?" She said passengers agreed to pay so they could fly to Birmingham and added: "We all got together, took our money out of purses -- £130. "The children under two went free. "If we didn't have the money they were making us go one by one outside in Vienna to get the cash out." Konrad Bhupinder, managing ...


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