A video footage showing crew members of a SriLankan Airlines flight from Madurai to Colombo crawling through the barbed wire fence of the Madurai Airport in India has gone viral on the Internet.
The incident had taken place amidst ‘Jallikattu’ protests, which were held in Madurai preventing access to the Airport.
The footage shows crew members, including air hostesses, crawling through the barbed wire fence to enter the airport to reach their aircraft.
Commenting on the incident, a spokesman for SriLankan Airline said crew members had to seek permission from the airport authorities to reach their flight in an un-orthodox manner because of protesters blocking the roads.
“The Madurai Airport is a small airport and it was surrounded by the protesters three days ago. Our crew members had to enter the airport somehow to get on board and fly the passengers on schedule. Otherwise, not only the passengers will face difficulties but even the flight schedule would have been affected. We appreciate the extra measures taken by the crew to ensure an efficient service to the passengers,” the spokesman said.
Stupidity by an airline crew at its best. They must follow the proper procedures when before after and during the flight. They are trained to do so. This shows they have a mindset to take shortcuts.
Dayawathie Wednesday, 25 January 2017 04:26 PM
This is not embarrassing for the crew, but it is to Madurai Airport management and the Madurai Govt. This shows how primitive people live in that part of the world. I think UL crew did a great job Thosai , Masalawadai.
SD Wednesday, 25 January 2017 10:02 AM
Great Contingency work UL administration should recognize their initiative and commend them. Well-done guys and Girls
aravinda Wednesday, 25 January 2017 05:12 PM
I feel bad for these employees of Sri Lankan. Indian airport authorities should have provided these crew members with decent access to the airport. However, this is a typical third world airport and, one cannot expect a whole lot of courtesy from them.
Shohan Wednesday, 25 January 2017 05:24 PM
Please don't criticize this people for doing things out of the way. They could have stand the ground without flying which will ultimately cost the airline as the delay in flight to return will cause numerous other delays. Thank you for your understanding.
Mohamed Wednesday, 25 January 2017 11:23 AM
Any great ideas without critizing....DUH
bruno Wednesday, 25 January 2017 02:50 AM
So how come the passengers were at the airport? Is it as always UL crew come late, plane comes late or not at all!!!
Riyazi Wednesday, 25 January 2017 08:03 PM
there is nothing to criticize..its all about state duty and also for the safety and security of the crew. anti-Srilanka sentiment is very high in madurai where mihin lanka office was vandalized once.while jallikattu protests turning to a ugly turn into a very high tamil sentiment if they find Srilankan crew on their way, probably will divert their anger towards the Srilankan crew as tamil patriotism running high on their blood now..
warra Wednesday, 25 January 2017 12:09 PM
India for you! land of crap
Ranjitdea Wednesday, 25 January 2017 04:20 AM
This video should not be to embarrass anyone but to display conscientiousness, humbleness and professionalism of this young SL airlines staff
Ex President Wednesday, 25 January 2017 05:40 AM
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Jagath Leanage Tuesday, 24 January 2017 06:15 PM
Hats off to these employees .
MK Tuesday, 24 January 2017 06:34 PM
Hats off to the employees. Shame on SL airlines for even asking their employees to do this!
Wilmot Tuesday, 24 January 2017 06:50 PM
Nice to see them put pride aside.. and go the extra mile for the national carrier.. good job!
TONY Tuesday, 24 January 2017 06:53 PM
THEY ARE DOING THIS FOR SECURITY REASONS. NOTHING TO FEEL SHY
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