Air India flight takes off with faulty AC, furious fliers use paper to fan themselves

In a video, the passengers can be seen complaining and fanning themselves. A few passengers tried to use oxygen masks, however, the masks were also reportedly not working. The Air India staff allegedly knew about the malfunctioning AC.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 3, 2017 8:20 pm
Air India, Air India privatization, Ait india fleet expansion, Air india expansion, Air india news, National news, Latest news In a video, the passengers can be seen complaining and fanning themselves with papers and magazines.

An Air India flight bound for Delhi from Bagdogra took off with a faulty air conditioning system, turning the plane into a hot chamber and with passengers complaining of suffocation and breathlessness through the journey. The flight, AI-880, had 168 passengers and took off at 1.50 pm on Sunday from Bagdogra airport and landed in Delhi 25 minutes prior to the scheduled time (of 4.05 pm) at 3.40 pm.

According to the reports, the Air India staff allegedly knew about the malfunctioning AC and had informed the passengers that the conditioning will start working once the flight will take off. The problem was, however, not resolved. In a video posted by news agency ANI, the passengers can be seen complaining and fanning themselves with papers and magazines. A few passengers also tried to put on the oxygen mask, however, the masks were reportedly not working.

The passengers complained about the non-functional AC and protested, Air India spokesperson informed PTI.

This is not the first time passengers aboard an Air India flight have been subjected to discomfort.  Some of them have taken to Twitter to voice the problems they faced recently.

The government has decided to privatise Air India to offload the struggling debt-laden airline and turn a profit in the face of growing competition from low-cost rivals.

Niti Aayog vice chairman Arvind Panagariya said India should be privatised as its debt level is “simply not sustainable” and government action on the airline’s future course is likely within six months. The airline has a debt of more than Rs 52,000 crore and is surviving on a Rs 30,000-crore bailout package extended by the previous UPA government in 2012.

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    Citizen
    Jul 4, 2017 at 6:43 am
    IE has no control of using the same name I hope they do some work on this there is a difference so they should first serch for the names available and then only should be allowed to post the comments. Shame on IE in this simple thing Jaihind
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      Citizen
      Jul 4, 2017 at 6:40 am
      How about the standing instructions in such issues??? Shame on you guys??? Let there be a clas consumer complaint by all the passengers against the Air India and its Pilot and the others to recover the damages for suffering. The incompetent CEO should sacked immediately for this sort of treatment to the fair paying passengers. Jaihind
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        Sanjiv
        Jul 3, 2017 at 11:06 pm
        This is just the AI unions way of getting publjc support.
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          Citizen
          Jul 3, 2017 at 10:16 pm
          Now congress and opposition will say Modi and BJP is behind this. :)
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            kp
            Jul 3, 2017 at 10:12 pm
            Now congress and opposition will say Modi BJP is behind this :)
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              gurdeep jolly
              Jul 3, 2017 at 8:05 pm
              It is like a fun that passangers are requestd to fan wi papers. AL should have some automatic fann systems in aeroplanes. They should know all emergency problems in advance.
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                gopal
                Jul 3, 2017 at 7:25 pm
                Their should a will to run. It's was BJP which stop for selling AIr India from 18 years. They are main hurdals in development of India.
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                  Tallat mahmood
                  Jul 3, 2017 at 5:45 pm
                  Lo daso window open kar laitey
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