Yesterday we heard about the horror on Jet Airways flight 9W 697, flying from Mumbai to Jaipur. The flight was forced to return to Mumbai after a critical decline in cabin pressure which resulted in several passengers experiencing ear/nose bleeds and headaches. The sharp decline in cabin pressure was reported to be human error, in which the cockpit crew forgot to switch on the cabin air pressure control. 171 people on board, about 30 suffered ear and nose bleeds.

According to follow up reports on the incident, one of the 5 passengers taken to hospital for treatment is now demanding 30 Lakh Rupees (~40,000 USD) and 100 upgrade vouchers as compensation, alleging that the airline failed to provide him with proper care in-flight. Apparently, he has also threatened to share the video of the flight incident if his demands are not met. Wow.

Look, I am all for holding airlines responsible but this seems more like a blackmail than a compensation claim. 100 upgrade vouchers?? LOL. He seems appalled by the treatment but not enough to boycott Jet Airways.  Having said that, recent court verdicts from India, in favor of passengers, could have something to do with this outlandish demand.

What do you think? Is the Jet Airways passenger demands fair or bizarre?


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