Here’s why Air India decided to offload Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra

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Published: September 7, 2016 11:25:15 AM

Bollywood stars Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra were recently seen promoting their upcoming movie 'Baar Baar Dekho' at the Delhi’s international airport on Monday night.

According to reports, the duo used air tickets to enter T3, the main terminal, and perform at the duty free area.According to reports, the duo used air tickets to enter T3, the main terminal, and perform at the duty free area.

Bollywood stars Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra were recently seen promoting their upcoming movie ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ at the Delhi’s international airport on Monday night. But this movie publicity stunt turned into a security scare. According to reports, the duo used air tickets to enter T3, the main terminal, and perform at the duty free area. They were issued boarding passes but did not board the plane — Air India’s AI317 flight to Mumbai — and left the airport, officials said. Post the security check, the duo were seen mingling with fans in the duty-free area of the airport to promote their film, the officials said.

The stars tried to exit T3 after the performance but security staff stopped them at the gates. A passenger cannot exit unless the airline offloads them. They were allowed to leave only when the airline completed the procedure. Officials said both the actors were asked by airport officials to board the flight scheduled for 9:40 PM but they kept delaying the flight. Finally, sources said, the airline decided to offload them at about 10:45 PM as other passengers complained about the delay in departure. However, Air India officials said the Bollywood actors were not deplaned, as they were issued boarding passes but “they chose not to travel as part of their own decision”

Vishal Ramchandani of Excel Entertainment clarified that the stars had followed instructions. “We had a marketing tie-up with a duty free store at the airport … the actors were required to pose for a few pictures. Once people learnt about the actors’ arrival, a crowd gathered and took selfies,” he told Hindustan Times.

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