Airlines overbook flights, deny boarding pass to students

Canada-bound pupils stuck in Mexico, seek help

Airlines overbook flights, deny boarding pass to students

Hundreds of Punjab students going to Canada via Mexico are being denied boarding passes by airlines, which are reportedly engaged in the practice of overbooking flights. Photo for representation only

Deepkamal Kaur

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 1

Hundreds of Punjab students going to Canada via Mexico are being denied boarding passes by airlines, which are reportedly engaged in the practice of overbooking flights.

The students, who are being harassed and forced to stay longer and spend more on their stay in hotels, taxis and food, have been using social media platforms to share their videos and messages. They have also been tweeting to the Indian embassy and the officials concerned seeking help for getting boarding passes.

Pankaj Dhawan of Ferozepur said, “My daughter had left from here on August 27. She was to go to Canada via Paris-Mexico route. There was an 18-hour halt at Mexico after which she was to take a connecting flight to Canada. But she did not get a boarding pass and was told to wait till September 18. She had to spend Rs 15,000 daily for taxis, hotel stay and food. On the fourth day today, after the intervention of the Indian embassy which she had contacted via Twitter, she finally got a boarding pass.”

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