Wednesday, November 08, 2017

IndiGo Passenger Dragged On Tarmac; Staff Sacked, So Is 'Whistleblower'

New Delhi:  A passenger is assaulted and dragged on the tarmac by the staff of IndiGo airlines at the Delhi airport in a video that has been widely shared since it emerged yesterday, a month after the incident. "How dare you!" the enraged passenger screamed as he was manhandled and physically prevented from boarding a coach to the terminal after his plane landed in Delhi on October 15.
The government has ordered an inquiry and demanded a report from the airline on the incident, which has been compared to the United Airlines outrage where a passenger was brutally dragged down the aisle after being asked to get off a flight.
"In a civilised society, fisticuffs have to be condemned... action has to be taken," Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju told reporters today.

The video has caused waves of shock and anger against India's most successful budget airline, which saw its stocks plunge 4.5 per cent in the biggest drop in a single trading day since September.
IndiGo put out an apology and said it had fired the staff involved after an inquiry. IndiGo President Aditya Ghosh said he had called up the passenger and apologised. "My personal apologies... this does not reflect our culture," he said in a statement.
The passenger, Rajeev Katiyal, has told a television channel that he was waiting for a bus to take him to the terminal after his plane from Chennai landed, when an IndiGo employee "shouted at me in a very rude manner".
In the video, Mr Katiyal, apparently upset over a delay, is seen arguing with employees, who are heard asking him not to use abusive language. When Mr Katiyal tries to get on the coach, he is roughly pulled back and he falls to the ground. He tries to get up, but is pinned down by two employees, one of them smiling. "How dare you... how dare you!" he screams in rage, flailing, kicking and hitting out as the two hold him down.
An employee, Montu Kalra, was fired yesterday. He is the one who shot the incident on his mobile phone. The airline says he instigated the row.
08/11/17 NDTV

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