IndiGo Flight’s AC Malfunctions, Passengers Handed Tissue Papers to Beat the Heat : In yet another incident highlighting the challenges faced during air travel, a video has emerged on social media showing passengers on an IndiGo flight enduring a harrowing experience when the aircraft’s air conditioner (AC) malfunctioned for approximately 90 minutes. Punjab Congress President, Raja Waring, shared the video on Saturday, demanding action from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
The video shared by Raja Waring, who is also the chairman of the Punjab Congress committee, depicts the ordeal faced by passengers on IndiGo Flight 6E7261 during their journey from Chandigarh to Jaipur. The nearly 90-minute flight turned into a distressing affair as the AC failed to work for the entire duration.
Waring claimed that passengers were initially asked to board the flight without functional air conditioning. After complaints were raised, they were made to wait in sweltering heat for around 10 to 15 minutes before the flight finally took off without the AC being turned on. Throughout the flight, the passengers had to endure discomfort as the AC remained non-functional. In response to their plight, the air hostesses reportedly handed out tissue papers for passengers to wipe away their sweat.
The video shows passengers trying to fan themselves with tissue papers and even using pieces of paper as makeshift fans. After the incident, Raja Waring tagged DGCA and AAI on social media, urging them to take strict action against the airline.
This marks the third incident of technical malfunctions on IndiGo flights within a day. Prior to this incident, an IndiGo flight heading to Delhi experienced engine trouble, leading to an emergency landing at Patna’s Jay Prakash Narayan Airport at 9:11 AM on Friday. Another IndiGo flight bound for Ranchi had to return to Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport after an hour of flying due to technical issues.
Such incidents raise concerns about the safety and comfort of passengers during air travel. The aviation authorities are likely to investigate the matter and take appropriate action against IndiGo to prevent similar incidents in the future.