AI flight in US denied take-off over seat belt tags


New Delhi: The American air safety regulator on Friday stopped an Air India aircraft to take off as scheduled from Chicago for India due to missing tag numbers from several seat belts.

The surprise check by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) found a large number of belts on seats of the Delhi-bound Boeing-777 (VT-ALK) without the mandatory tags bearing their technical standard order (TSO) number.

Though not a safety issue, FAA did not allow the plane — which was booked to capacity — to take off, as per sources.

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