- Lawmaker alleged Jet Airways flight took off without taking him on board
- Received "rude response" when asked for another ticket: Raju Shetti
- Mr Shetti was travelling to Delhi on morning flight through Jet Airways
Raju Shetti, leader of BJP ally Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatna, was travelling to Delhi on the morning flight of Jet Airways.
The lawmaker from Kolhapur's Hatkanangle constituency said he was at the Terminal 2 of Mumbai airport and was waiting at the lounge. "After some time I realised that the boarding doors are closed. When I inquired, I was told that my flight had taken off," news agency Press Trust of India quoted Mr Shetti as saying.
Jet Airways, he said, knew he would be travelling on that plane. "Despite being a people's representative, no one informed me about the boarding doors being closed," he said, adding he would take up the matter with the civil aviation ministry.
In a statement issued in the evening, the Jet Airways said as Mumbai airport is a "silent airport", no loudspeaker announcements are permitted. As the "guest" did not "present himself at the boarding gate on time, the flight took off without him. Charges levied inadvertently were refunded, the airline added.
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