AC on Air India flight malfunctions, fliers use papers to fan themselves

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The passengers had complained to the Air India staff onboard about the malfunction, but to no avail.

The air conditioning system of a Delhi-bound Air India flight from West Bengal's Bagdogra malfunctioned on Sunday, leading to noisy protests from passengers.

Earlier, 155 passengers had a close shave after an Air India flight from Mumbai to Bhubaneswar made an emergency landing at Mumbai airport on May 22. Passengers complained of suffocation and discourteous behaviour of the flight attendants, in the video.

In a video shot by one of the angry passengers, the fliers could be seen fanning themselves with pamphlets or magazines.

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While the flight was scheduled to depart at 9.45 am, at around 1.15 pm the pilots informed the passengers that the aircraft will be air-worthy only after fix.

Debasmita, an asthama patient, told India Today: "When I realised that the AC wasn't working and the oxygen masks were of no help, I asked for the oxygen cylinder since I could barely breathe".

According to reports, when contacted, Air India said that it was a technical matter and an investigation would be initiated. Air India sent in men and materials from Delhi on AI 473 flight which landed here at 9.15 pm following which the fix work started.

The government has chose to privatise Air India to offload the struggling debt-laden airline and turn a profit in the face of growing competition from low-priced rivals.

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