TOI MUMBAI: Racial discrimination has dogged Air France for the second time in two weeks. After the airline came under the scanner for discriminating against 55 Indian passengers, 10 more travellers alleged ill-treatment and discrimination by airline staffers during their transit stay at Paris airport on Monday. In a strikingly similar sequence of events, 10 Indians on board an Air France flight, AF 025, from Washington to Mumbai missed their connecting flight after the aircraft departed late from Washington due to a technical problem. What followed was a 13-hour stay in the transfer desk area with only a sandwich and a bottle of water to sustain on, while the airline arranged for transit visas. While most other passengers on board__Americans or Europeans or Indians with US passports__were taken to hotels, these passengers were allegedly confined to the transfer desk. "We reached Paris three hours late, with barely 20 minutes between our time of landing and the scheduled take-off of our connecting flight to Mumbai. We could not make it in time as we were supposed to change terminals to board,'' said Gwyneth Alphonso, a passenger. "We were told that the next flight was scheduled only the next day. While we were promised due care and support at Washington in case of a delay, the airline officials abandoned those who did not have a French visa on the transfer desk till they were ready with a flight 13 hours later,'' she added. The passengers were to board the Washington-Paris-Mumbai flight on Sunday, 5.15 am (IST). Due to a technical snag in the aircraft, they left Washington three hours late and reached Paris on Monday 1.50 pm, barely 20 minutes before their connecting Air France flight to Mumbai. The connecting flight had left by the time passengers reached the other terminal building. While those having French visas were instantly accommodated in a hotel in Paris, 10 Indians, who did not have a transit visa were asked to stay back in the transfer area till the airline arranged for their stay. The 10 passengers eventually left for Dubai by an AF 530, on Tuesday 3 am. They landed in Mumbai at 2.30 pm on Tuesday on an Emirates flight. "We were told that the police were denying a visa for the stay of Indian passengers and that we would have to spend the night at Paris airport,'' said another passenger Jagdish Patankar. "When we asked the airline staff for food, they denied saying that we were entitled to only a sandwich and a bottle of water,'' he added. Passengers said that a 15-month-old baby on board was wailing for food and her 65-year-old grand-mother was at loss to calm her down. Alphonso, who is suffering from low blood pressure an low sugar said that she had to ask other international passengers if they could spare a chocolate for her.