Air India off-loads 60 passengers from its Chicago flight

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Mumbai, Jan 8 (UNI) Chaos and turmoil reigned supreme today at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport after as many as 60 passengers of a Chicago-bound Air India flight were off-loaded due to non-availability of seats.

While, the Air India authorities took refuge in the International Aviation Law, the off-loaded passengers claimed that they were denied to fly despite having a confirmed ticket.

According to the Air India spokesperson, under the established Standard International Booking Rules, some tickets are booked in addition to the aircraft capacity.

''This is done to fill the seats, which fall vacant due to last minute cancellations. However, in this particular flight, there was no cancellation. So these extra passengers could not be accommodated,'' the spokesperson said.

He, however, added that all the off-loaded passengers would be accommodated in the Airlines' next flight.

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