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‘Made it… for free food at the lounge!’: Atul Khatri’s tongue-in-cheek take on the chaos at Mumbai airport

‘Made it… for free food at the lounge!’: Atul Khatri’s tongue-in-cheek take on the chaos at Mumbai airport

Flights have been delayed and subsequent snarls have been reported from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) given the sudden surge in passenger traffic due to the festive season.

Standup comedian Atul Khatri shared a glimpse of the crowded Mumbai airport (Image: @one_by_two Twitter) Standup comedian Atul Khatri shared a glimpse of the crowded Mumbai airport (Image: @one_by_two Twitter)

Flights have been delayed and subsequent snarls have been reported from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) given the sudden surge in passenger traffic due to the festive season. Standup comedian Atul Khatri shared a glimpse of the crowded Mumbai airport and also appreciated the CISF staff for doing their job perfectly in such a situation.
 
He also made a tongue-in-cheek mention about how he made it -- for the free food at the lounge of the airport!  “Chaos at Mumbai Airport today. Just sheer rush. Kudos to the CISF staff! Thankfully I made it… for the free food at the lounge! Phew!,” Khatri tweeted.

Netizens also chimed in to talk about the chaotic state of affairs at the Mumbai airport today.   

Prakash Gagdani, the CEO of 5paise Capital shared an image of the chaos ensuing at the CSMIA and tweeted, “Mumbai airport is a mess. It takes atleast one hour to enter and do check-in and then this crowd for security check. How can someone board a flight even reaching two-and-a-half hours before domestic flight. This is the real commercial capital of the country.”
 
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 Meanwhile, airlines like IndiGo and Vistara have also apprised passengers of the chaotic situation at the Mumbai airport. They also recommended customers to report early to avoid any sort of inconvenience. 

 

The CSMIA has issued a statement on the sudden surge in crowds due to the festive season.

“With the onset of the festive season, there has been a surge in passenger traffic and a sudden spike witnessed at CSMIA this morning. Similar experiences have also been witnessed in other city airports of the country. Further owing to recent intelligence reports received by stakeholders and threat at another airport in the state, security measures have been further enhanced at CSMIA. The security and safety of our passengers are of utmost priority and our endeavour is to continue to not compromise on these critical aspects,” the CSMIA statement read.
 
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It further noted, “CSMIA airport has deployed additional staff for a quicker turnaround at all the security checkpoints for a smoother passenger experience. Additionally, CSMIA is following all the Covid-19 protocols laid down by the Government to ensure a smoother transition.”  
 
The statement also added that CSMIA plans to open operations at Terminal 1 from October 20.

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