April 16, 2015 6:08:17 pm
Indian shooters Heena Sidhu and Anjali Bhagwat were left in the lurch by Jet Airways after both of them were not allowed to carry their shooting weapons on a flight from Bangkok to Mumbai because of “incomplete documents”.
Both Arjuna awardees, Bhagwat and Sidhu were returning from Busan to Mumbai and they had to change the flight at the Bangkok airport. The official from Jet Airways in Bangkok said that their documents were incomplete.
Interestingly, the shooters carried their weapons in a Korean Air flight with the same documents.
The two shooters reached Bangkok airport at 12:30 am but could take a flight back home only at 8:00 am after shelling out an extra $800 for tickets of a different flight.
“It was harassment. We were not only forced to arrange for tickets, but also had to spend the night outside Bangkok airport. It all happened because of the ignorance of the Jet Airways staff about sports weapons and the documents we were carrying,” Heena was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
“First, we got visa on arrival and then went to the Jet Airways counter to enquire about the matter where security manager Shailesh Gala told us that our documents were incomplete. That’s why they didn’t allow the weapons. When we argued that we had DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) permission to carry the weapons from India to Busan, he said ‘back’ was not mentioned in the permission. When we asked him to give it in writing the basis on which they had denied us permission to carry the weapons, he refused,” said Heena.
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