Olympic goaltender PR Sreejesh is charged by IndiGo airlines for a 41-inch hockey stick, claiming that only 38-inch sticks are permitted for free.

IndiGo Airlines charged PR Sreejesh an extra 41-inch hockey stick at Bengaluru Airport . Ground staff took Rs 1,500 from the Olympian, who was the former Indian team captain .

BENGALURU, Jan. 9, IndiGo Airlines charged PR Sreejesh an extra 41-inch hockey stick at Bengalurus Kempegowda International Airport (KIA).His stick went over the minimum clearance by three inches, according to the airline ground staff, who took Rs 1,500 from the Olympian.According to sources at Bengaluru Airport, the altercation with the hockey star, who was the former Indian team captain, took place about 7 p.m. before he was due to board IndiGo airlines flight 6E 382 from Bengaluru to Kochi.He was reportedly coerced to pay extra for the hockey stick he was carrying as part of his kit by airlines ground staff, reportedly claiming that he was allowed to carry a stick that was 38 inches in diameter and that the piece he was carrying was three inches longer.

The tweet went viral shortly after, with many netizens including celebrities criticizing the airline for paying the star players hockey stick, while others said that aviation laws do not apply because one of the actors is a star athlete.However, the precise threshold for carrying something like a hockey stick on a plane remains unclear.The goalie was in Bengaluru as part of the Indian field hockey teams' preparation camp for the forthcoming FIH Pro League 22-23, which will be held in Odisha in October.Sreejesh boarded the flight to Kochi that left KIA at 9.38 p.m. on Friday and is said to have returned to his home in Ernakulam, Kerala.

IndiGo Airlines tried to collect fees from the hockey star at Bengaluru Airport for a hockey stick that was just three inches in diameter, but didn't receive a response until Friday night.