A Dhaka-bound Jet Airways plane, with 135 passengers and crew onboard, was forced to returned to IGI airport in New Delhi Friday to offload the baggage of a passenger who failed to show up at the boarding gate.
According to sources, a passenger, Foysol Islam, was travelling from London to Dhaka via Delhi but failed to board the Jet Airways flight (9W-272) from Delhi to Dhaka. Another passenger Pie Islam was also travelling in same flight but the ground staff by mistake offloaded the registered baggage of Pie Islam instead of Foysol, after he was declared “no show” at the boarding gates, they said.
As per safety and security rules, no airlines are allowed to carry any baggage if its owner is not travelling on the plane. When the anomaly, came to notice of the airline, the pilot of the aircraft was asked to return to the IGI airport, they said.
When the aircraft returned, the registered baggage of Pie Islam was reloaded while that of Foysol was offloaded from the flight and it was cleared to fly to Dhaka, they added.
Confirming that the flight had to turn back to IGI to offload an unclaimed baggage, Jet Airways said, the flight came back to offload the baggage of a passenger, who was not able to make the flight connection in time.
“Jet Airways flight 9W-272 from Delhi to Dhaka did an air turn back at Delhi, to offload baggage of a guest who was not able to make the flight connection in time,” airline spokesperson said in a statement.
As safety of the guests and crew airline’s utmost priority, Jet Airways regrets any inconvenience caused to its 135 guests onboard the Boeing 737 aircraft, the spokesperson added.