The airline’s ground staff claimed his cane was 3 inches above the allowable limit and collected Rs 1,500 from the Olympian.
Sources from Bengaluru airport said the incident with the hockey star, who served as captain of the Indian team, occurred around 7pm before he was scheduled to board the airline’s flight 6E 382. IndiGo from Bengaluru to Kochi. Airline ground staff at KIA forced him to pay extra for a hockey stick he was carrying as part of a kit after it was alleged he was allowed to carry one. The stick was only 38 inches long, and the piece he was holding was over three inches long.
However, Sreejesh, 34, paid the amount but recorded his disappointment on twitter by posting “FIH (Fédération Internationale de Hockey) let me play with a 41 inch hockey stick, but @ The IndiGo6E never lets me carry anything more than 38 inches. do? Pay an extra Rs, 1500 to handle luggage for the keeper. ”
FIH lets me play with 41-inch levers, but @IndiGo6E never lets me carry anything over 38 inches.
– sreejesh pr (@16Sreejesh) 1663944643000
The tweet went viral soon after with many netizens including celebrities criticizing the airline for collecting money to buy star players’ hockey sticks while some said the rules Aviation is applicable even though a person is a star athlete. However, information about the limit on allowing something like a hockey stick on a plane is still unclear.
The goalkeeper was in Bengaluru as part of the Indian hockey team’s training camp for the upcoming FIH Pro League 22-23, scheduled to be held in Odisha at the end of October. Sreejesh had boarded a flight to Kochi. departed from KIA at 9:28 p.m. Friday and is believed to have arrived at his home in Ernakulam, Kerala. He was not available to comment on the matter.
TOI contacted IndiGo airlines to charge the hockey star at Bengaluru Airport for his hockey stick to exceed three inches but had not received a response until Friday night.