Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Watch out! You can get handcuffed or tied for unruly behaviour on flights

Indian airlines are becoming proactive and have stopped shying away from taking extreme measures against misbehaviours on flights.

In a recent on-board incident, an IndiGo passenger, Chhatu Bhagat, was handcuffed in a Dubai-New Delhi flight. Bhagat was tied in a three-hour long flight after he created ruckus, asking the cabin crew to open the door on-board.

After such incidents, domestic carriers have become more aggressive to control unruly passengers. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has also allowed the use of extreme measures to avoid such incidents.

“We have instructed our passengers to keep handcuffs on-board so that passengers causing commotions could be restrained,” Air India Chairman & Managing Director Ashwani Lohani told Business Standard.

A business class passenger on a US-bound Air India flight from Mumbai to Newark was accused of groping a woman passenger, said an airline official.

“Our crew kept a watch on him following the complaint and handed him over to the authorities after landing,” the official added.
10/01/17 Arindam Majumder & Aneesh Phadnis/Business Standard