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SpiceJet locks passengers at aerobridge for over 60 minutes at Delhi airport | Video

The airline said that the flight was delayed due to inclement weather, which led to overstaying of the crew members' duty hours.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: Passengers of a Bengaluru-bound SpiceJet flight had to wait for a long time at Delhi airport’s ‘aerobridge’ on Tuesday. The airline, however, said that the flight was delayed due to inclement weather, which has led to overstaying of the duty hours of the crew members.

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A passenger on the plane posted a video on social media of several co-passengers waiting on the ‘aerobridge’. In the video, some passengers can be heard asking for water. The incident happened with the passengers of SpiceJet’s Delhi-Bengaluru flight SG 8133.

A SpiceJet spokesperson said in a statement that the crew was arranged from another incoming flight. According to the statement, since the passengers had completed the security check, they were requested to wait at the ‘aerobridge’. ‘Aerobridges’ work like a bridge connecting the aircraft to the airport terminal.

When passengers of Delhi-Bengaluru flight SG 8133 asked to open the boarding gate so that they could rest back in the waiting area, the authorities denied it and went missing, alleged Soumil Agarwal, a travel vlogger, in an Instagram post.

A SpiceJet spokesperson issued a clarification stating that the flight was delayed on account of weather disruption in the network and passengers were requested to wait at the aerobridge as the security check was already done.

“The incoming crew was not legal to operate the subsequent flight to Bengaluru and crew was arranged from another incoming flight. On average, the turnaround time for a Boeing aircraft is 40-45 minutes at Delhi airport, while on this particular flight the turnaround time was around 20 minutes more than the average turnaround time. As passengers had completed the security check, they were requested to wait at the aerobridge,” the SpiceJet spokesperson said.

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Air India is the worst-hit among the lot after two incidents of passengers peeing inside its flights mid-air after which the aviation regulator DCGA had to initiate action against the Tata-owned airline.

IndiGo, Go First and Vistara were also in the news for the various different reasons ranging from technical glitches in the flight, hoax bomb threats, hydraulic failure and aircraft leaving behind several flyers behind.

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