Mangalore: Kingfisher Officials Deny Entry to Toddler Needing Medical Treatment

Mangalore: Kingfisher Officials Deny Entry to Toddler Needing Medical Treatment

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Feb 13: A toddler suffering from an illness and needing advanced medical treatment at Bangalore was allegedly denied entry into a Kingfisher flight by its officials on Sunday February 12.

One-and-half-year-old Abdul Hadi, son of Ibrahim from Kasargod, was admitted to a hospital in Mangalore a few days ago for fever. Doctors who examined him recommended him to further treatment at NIMHANS in Bangalore, and also issued relevant medical documents to facilitate his treatment there.

It is said that Ibrahim also got in touch with Kingfisher Airlines and made special arrangement to fly Hadi to Bangalore. He and three others in the family including Hadi's mother were given tickets for Sunday afternoon flight.

Hadi was taken by ambulance to the airport, but just before boarding the flight, he was stopped by Kingfisher officials who demanded more documents and also refused to accept the letter by Hadi's doctor. They said that the letter had mentioned that oxygen was a 'must' for the patient, and such facility was not available with the aircraft. They requested the word 'must' to be changed to 'have' in order to be allowed entry.

No amount of persuasion helped, and the officials were firm on not letting Hadi into the flight. All efforts to contact Kingfisher Airlines official who had given the permission earlier also went in vain.

By then it was already time for take-off and Ibrahim missed the flight. Hadi was again shifted back to a hospital in Mangalore. Sources said that alternate arrangements were made to take him to Bangalore by ambulance. Kingfisher Airlines reportedly refunded the air ticket to Ibrahim.


Comment on this article

  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA

    Tue, Feb 14 2012

    It is unfortunate that the sick toddler Abdul Hadi son of Ibrahim was denied from boarding a flight to Bangalore with his family for advanced medical treatment. The airlines was justified for refusing to fly the kid as it required oxygen was required for the throughout the journey. As far as my knowledge goes I do not think oxygen cylinder is allowed on flight as it would be fire hazard and risk the passengers, flight crews and the entire aircraft in case any untoward incident happens during the flight. Kingfisher officals did the right thing for the safety of the aircraft and all on board. Mr.Ibrahim should have asked the doctor to arrange for a ADVANCED CARDIAC LIFE SUPPORT (ACLS) Ambulance for transportation to Bangalore and also a doctor and nurse would have accompanied the patient. That would have been much safer. I hope Abdul Hadi will get the best treatment in Bangalore and be well.

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  • prakash, mangalore

    Mon, Feb 13 2012

    Kingfisher airline is the worst. Please do not travel in this plane anymore, no timings, no alternative arrangements....nothing...It's like local bus now!!

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  • Hamdan, Katapady/Dubai

    Mon, Feb 13 2012

    Mr.Irshad, Mangalore

    Can you please explain what was the RISK taking child in the flight. They already had permission from the Kingfisher officials and they just asked for a OXYGEN cylinder. At last moment KF Staffs stopped them.

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  • Damodar, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 13 2012

    Airlines are supposed to carry live pax's ,cargo & coffins.Why this discrimination for a sick child ?

    It is very unfortunate that such a thing happened.Vijay Mallya should personally apologise or should have sent his personal aircraft.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Loretto/Mumbai/Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 13 2012

    This is an unfortunate incident! However, contrary to most opinion, I feel the airline is at fault for initially give the nod for the infant to be carried and then reneging at the last moment. The person who gave the initial okay should be made responsible for this incident!!!

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  • Nikita, UAE

    Mon, Feb 13 2012

    How dumb some people are. We have to abide by the laws and not talk of morality and so on. Oxygen masks are provided for emergency situations and not for travels as such. If something had tohappen to the kid on flight, then the general so called pundits will start accusing the airline and demanded huge claims. We got to understand the letter issued by the doctor suggesting for provision of oxygen. Ideal would have been that the hospital shifted kid in an ambulance welll equipped with emergency requirements and accompanied by a doctor and nurse. I think hospitals owe that muchto save human lives. The amount spent on the airline could be paid to the hospital providing such facility. Either ways people are ready to find fault with the airline. God Bless Tulunadu...

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  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi

    Mon, Feb 13 2012

    Airline is not at fault and the passengers escorts are ignorant. Both the airline and passengers must abide by the rules and follow the law for their safety and benefits. Please dont make an issue. It happens because of ignorance.

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  • suresh, mangalore

    Mon, Feb 13 2012

    Tauro, i think you have misunderstood the need, an ailing person needs an oxygen cylinder, one cannot use the down cabin oxygen mask for such purposes. Oxygen cylinder takes care of the need of the ailing only, the cabin mask is a common oxygen circuit and every passenger would be breathing in and out on a common circuit only when the cabin pressure would below a particular level, if an ailing person is allowed on the same circuit, others might also fall sick, specially in this case as the toddler had fever.

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  • Rakesh shetty, mangalore

    Mon, Feb 13 2012


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  • Vinod, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 13 2012

    I think the airline was right... If something was a "must", it is a must especially given that the child was going through some medical condition. I sympathize with child's family, however airline officials can't be held responsible for it.

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  • Haneef, Puttur / Dubai

    Mon, Feb 13 2012

    I feel airline also have some responsibilities. What if something goes wrong? Airline will be held responsible.. As all aware there are oxygen issue when we fly high and if it was case they would have accompanied the doctor along with kid to avoid any complications.

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  • irsahd, mangalore

    Mon, Feb 13 2012

    what kingfisher staf di was right ....they cant take risk 100 people life for one ...... good work by king fisher staff

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  • Uday Ravi, Mangalore / USA

    Mon, Feb 13 2012

    Pilots were absolutely right in denying boarding. Taking Oxygen tanks on board planes comes with many regulatory/safety requirements. It is not some accessory like crutch! Compressed oxygen tank on board a plane need to be handled very carefully that is why there are so many regulations around it.

    It appears Kingfisher's ground staff in Mangalore did a poor job communicating this with patient party.

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  • Lancelot N Tauro, Manglore - Doha Qatar

    Mon, Feb 13 2012

    I cant understand why the oxgen mask to be used and shown before the flight takeoff. Just for showup as formalities...?

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  • Dr Kusuma Kumari G , Nellore/Kodyadka

    Mon, Feb 13 2012

    Agree Kiran whats leagally right is not morally right!!

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  • Kiran, Dubai/Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 13 2012

    Legally the Airline was right in its act. but there is something called morality/humanity also. no wonder why kingfisher is facing losses these days.

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