Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

This is new.

I'm used to being told very nicely that the plane I'm sitting on has defective parts and we'll have to sit there for an hour or two.

Or, in extreme circumstances, being told that we'll have to get off the plane so that they can bring another in a day or two to fly us away.

Passengers on an AirAsia flight from Kolkata to Bagdogra, however, say they were reluctant to get off their plane after a four-hour delay because it was pouring with rain outside.

As the Hindustan Times reports, they claim the pilot wasn't impressed.

So he released a spray into the cabin to get them off. (It may look to many like mere air conditioning in stifling conditions.)

The video, though, posted to Facebook by oil industry executive Dipankar Ray, is quite something.

That doesn't entirely look like hospitality, does it?

More like an attempt to send a passenger or two to hospital, some might gruff.

Passengers told the Hindustan Times that there was coughing and even vomiting.

"When passengers objected, put blowers in full blast to hound passengers out. Simply suffocating kids ... No food or water in between," said Ray on Facebook.

Naturally, I contacted AirAsia and will update, should I hear.

The airline did tell the Hindustan TImes: "This is a normal occurrence on-board all aircraft when the air conditioning is operated in high humidity conditions."

I suppose, though, after a more than four-hour delay, emotions might have been a touch frayed. 

On the part of the pilot, as well as the passengers. Pilots don't enjoy delays. They have, you know, lives too.

The passengers were further inflamed -- to the point where no air conditioning could have doused their feelings -- after allegedly not being able to get free food in the airport after showing their boarding passes. 

They say the airline had told them it would be no problem.

Still, as so often with such things, the video makes it seem worse. 

But just imagine if this had happened on United Airlines. No, please don't.

Published on: Jun 21, 2018
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