Stranded in Tawi-Tawi: flight overbooked, check-in practice promotes chaos, violates health protocols
, 2022-12-11 08:12:50,
BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi (MindaNews / 11 December) — After queueing at the check-in counter for at least two hours ahead of all passengers, nine persons bound for Cotabato City with confirmed tickets in the 76-seater aircraft of the flag-carrier Philippine Airlines were denied boarding on Thursday, no thanks to overbooking and a check-in practice that promotes chaos and violates health protocols.
Nurosalam Caladtiag, an analyst at the Philippine Statistics Authority in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PSA-BARMM) lined up as early as 6:30 a.m. at the Sanga-Sanga Airport but was not able to board the Bombardier 400 aircraft on Flight PR 2488 at 9 a.m.
Like Caladtiag, seven of the 10-member team of training staff and resource persons of the Mindanao Institute of Journalism (MinJourn), the organization that runs MindaNews, were also denied boarding, along with the police chief of Turtle Islands.
“I queued ahead of many of them but they were the ones who were processed first for boarding,” Caladtiag lamented in Filipino.
“It was unfair for solo travelers who lined up first only to be left behind because they accommodated big groups all at once,” he added.
Majority of the passengers bound for Cotabato were Members of Parliament (MPs) of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA). According to the Public…
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