Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Drunk woman flyer abuses Air India crew, held

Mumbai: After she was refused another drink, an inebriated Irish business class passenger onboard an Air India Mumbai-to-London flight, manhandled a flight attendant. She also verbally abused the flight attendants in an incessant rant where she spoke of the "human rights" work she did for free as an international criminal lawyer for the Palestinians, the Rohingyas, and all the indigenous people of the world. The passenger was arrested after the flight landed in Heathrow and is currently in custody.
In a four-minute clip recorded by a cabin crew member, the passenger can be heard uttering expletives more than 40 times. The incident took place on November 10 on board Air India flight AI-131.

"The woman was seated on 1J. Two quarter bottles of red wine later, she went to the lavatory in the economy class. She emerged in a cloud of smoke. We don't know what she smoked but the smoke alarm wasn't set off," said a source.

She returned to her seat and finished two more quarter bottles of wine and turned increasingly unruly. "When she demanded yet another bottle, the crew declined. She then threatened to push over the dessert trolley. She saw an open bottle of wine on it and took it without permission," the source added.

By now, the commander of the flight was informed about the passenger and he instructed the crew not to serve her more alcohol. "He also instructed that only female flight attendants would come in contact with the unruly woman passenger," said a source.
The video clip captures her outburst of profanity, as she first confronts an Air India cabin crew member in the business class galley, then moves on to a couple of female cabin crew working at the station and finally directs her rage at the other business class passengers for being mute witnesses. "The captain issued her a warning letter, which she read out loud to other passengers. She then came to the galley and spat on the face of a crew member, before twisting her arm and injuring her," said the source.
An Air India spokesperson did not comment on the matter and refused to reveal the passenger's identity.
14/11/18 Manju V/Times of India