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Woman Confronts K J Alphons Over 2-hour Flight Delay, Minister Cites Protocol

In the video, the minister K J Alphons can be seen placating the woman passenger. (CNN-News18 photo)

In the video, the minister K J Alphons can be seen placating the woman passenger. (CNN-News18 photo)

The woman, a doctor by profession, can be seen screaming at the minister, who was flanked by his entourage. The doctor complained that she had to reach her destination to attend a funeral.

New Delhi: Tourism minister K J Alphons incurred the wrath of a woman passenger at the Imphal Airport after her flight was delayed by two hours because of special arrangements made for the minister and other dignitaries.

The woman, a doctor by profession, can be seen screaming at the minister, who was flanked by his entourage. The doctor complained that she had to reach her destination to attend a funeral.

The woman passenger hit out at the minister saying that she was a doctor and not a politician. "My time is important. I had to reach Patna by 2:45. I told my family also. The body will degenerate," the woman said.

However, the "protocol", as Alphons claimed later, caused the delay. The woman's flight was delayed as the airport prepared for the arrival of President Ram Nath Kovind. As a result of this delay, the woman missed her connecting flight from Kolkata, fuming her.

In the video, the minister can be seen placating the woman passenger. Later, Alphons said that it is a 70-year protocol. "When the president lands anywhere, other flights are not allowed to take off," the minister said, distancing himself from the controversy.

In a statement, the airport deirector accepted that 3 scheduled flights were delayed by around 2 hours due to the President Kovind's flight movement. "We heard that one passenger who was travelling from Imphal to Patna argued with Union Minister KJ Alphons," the statement added.