Thursday, June 13, 2019

Air India issues caution notice to cabin crew

Mumbai: Troubled with the news every now and then of crew smuggling goods from airlines, Air India has now issued a caution notice to its employees on pilferage and unlawful activities. The management makes it clear the crew isn't allowed to take any item even from their own food tray outside the aircraft.

Time and again the management has reiterated that the management has Zero Tolerance Policy on pilferage and unlawful activities. Yet, cases of pilferage and carriage of dutiable items by cabin crew are being reported, reads the notice.

The management has now drawn up a chart on what acts will invite strict disciplinary action. India Today TV has reviewed the copy.

Following are the acts enumerated in the caution notice:

Pilferage of perishable/eatables/company material in small quantity for self use.
Pilferage of liquor
Pilferage of perishables/eatables/company material in large quantities
Carriage of liquor or goods in violation of customs rules
Facilitating carriage of company items/ material/ food and beverage items in large quantity out of the aircraft by passengers
The notice comes days after a senior cabin crew member was caught by the vigilance department for allegedly smuggling alcohol bottles from the flight. Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani confirmed to India Today that the said cabin crew had been suspended from duty.

Sources in the national carrier maintain that the issue of cabin crew and pilots stealing items from the aircraft isn't new.

"There is lot of favouritism and mismanagement and because there isn't any action taken that such incidents continue unabated," said an official on condition of anonymity.

Sources allege that in the past one air hostess was caught pilfering and passing on a bottle to a retired crew who was travelling as a passenger on the New York flight.

"In another case, two lady crew members were caught with aircraft alcohol but no action was taken instead they were promoted. They claimed it was their personal alcohol but both custom and service rules don't permit carrying of alcohol by crew," the official said.
13/06/19 Pankaj Upadhyay/India Today
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