Air India offloads 9 flyers at Mumbai airport


Nine passengers — four men, three women and two children — were offloaded from an Ahmedabad-London flight at Mumbai airport early on Wednesday after they were found travelling without proper documents.

All the nine passengers belonged to Delhi or Punjab and were travelling to El Salvador for New Year holidays, reports The Times of India.

Sardarnagar police, who are investigating the matter, said all the passengers had boarded Air India’s AI-131 flight to London from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport.

When the flight landed in Mumbai for a brief halt, the security staff of Air India found that the passengers did not have transit visa for London where they would be changing flights for El Salvador, the central American country which offers Visa on Arrival (VoA). All the offloaded passengers intended to avail of the facility at El Salvador.

Air India officials then offloaded the passengers and sent them back to Ahmedabad where the Bureau of Immigration (BoI) handed them to Sardarnagar police. “According to UK law, Indian passport holders should have transit visa even if they stay for a brief time in London or any other airport in UK. These passengers did not know about this,” said V R Patel, senior police inspector, Sardarnagar police station.


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