NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Civil Aviation has asked Air India officials to investigate an incident in which a drunk passenger allegedly urinated on a woman’s seat. The incident took place aboard an international flight from New York to New Delhi on August 30.
The national carrier has said that it will possibly put the passenger on the no-fly list. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha came to know about the matter on Twitter after a user said, “Disgraceful Air India yesterday on your flight AI102 from JFK to Delhi a drunk passenger removed his pants and peed on the seat my mother was sitting!!! She was travelling alone and is completely traumatized! Reply ASAP.”
#FlyAI : #AirIndia Further to our statement regarding incident on board AI 102 of 30th August,we would like to inform that details of the incident are being sent to appropriate authorities for probe, and, possibly put the passenger on NOFLYLIST. pic.twitter.com/uPbfzHXj94— Air India (@airindiain) September 1, 2018
When asked if the crew responded, the user, Indrani Ghosh, added, “Except for giving her another seat, nothing else that we know of yet! My mother while waiting in her wheelchair at Delhi airport (for her connecting flight) saw him walk away.” Sinha, in response, tagged Air India and directed it to probe the incident. “Please follow up immediately and report back to MoCA / DGCA. Very unfortunate that your mother had to go through this harrowing experience,” he tweeted. Air India, in a statement, said that it strongly condemned the incident.
It also said, “While an airline has no control over the behaviour of an individual pax, our crew are trained to handle any situation with utmost care and concern.” In a tweet, Air India further said that “Further to our statement regarding incident onboard AI 102 of 30th August, we would like to inform that details of the incident are being sent to appropriate authorities for the probe, and, possibly put the passenger on NO-FLY LIST.” India now has a no-fly list and passengers can be barred from flying for unruly behaviour.