June 25, 2012 2:05:34 am
Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Minister Brajendra Pratap Singh was not allowed to board an Air India flight from Raja Bhoj Airport here on Sunday as the plane was full to its capacity,official sources said. Though Singh had a valid ticket,he reportedly reached the check-in counter late.
The minister was on way to Delhi en route to the US to collect a UN award for work done by the MP government under the Public Services Guarantee Act.
When he reached the AI check-in counter,the official on duty told him he could not be accommodated in the plane as it was full,said sources. Manohar Dubey,Deputy Secretary,Public Services Guarantee,who was accompanying Singh and was standing in front of him in the queue,was however allowed to board. The minister took a state government plane,sources said.
AI officials said an Airbus 320 had a capacity to seat 167 passengers and extra tickets were usually sold anticipating cancellations. All airlines do this,which is why it is said that passengers should report to the counter well in advance, said an official,adding the minister reached for check-in after the flight was full.
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