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Easyjet kicks out PIO couple

PTI | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Apr 18, 2017, 4:13 am IST
Updated Apr 18, 2017, 4:14 am IST
Easyjet has apologised and blamed human error for the situation, the report said. (Photo :AFP/Representational Image)
 Easyjet has apologised and blamed human error for the situation, the report said. (Photo :AFP/Representational Image)

 A British couple were removed from an overbooked Easyjet flight and not offered compensation a day after a United Airlines passenger was dragged off a plane in the US, according to a media report on Monday.

Manoj, 38, and Viddha, 35, were due to fly from Luton Airport to Catania in Sicily on Monday last week. After boarding the aircraft they were asked to leave by staff because the plane had been overbooked, the BBC reported. Easyjet has apologised and blamed human error for the situation, the report said.

The two, who had booked non-refundable accommodation in Italy, were told that the next available Easyjet flight was four days later.

The airline failed to tell them they were entitled to a flight the same day with another airline, or to compensation as stipulated under EU rules, the report said.

The couple then decided to cancel the trip. Easyjet said the passengers should not have been cleared to board and that its staff had not provided the correct information. It said it was “genuinely sorry” for what had happened and would be providing additional training for staff. “The circumstances were very unusual and resulted from a manual error at the gate,” the airlines said.

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