Saturday, December 07, 2019

SpiceJet pilot misbehaves with hotel staff, loses job

Mumbai: Illegally using hotel rooms allocated to colleagues, who are on a layover, to spend time with a companion and misbehaving with hotel staff has cost a SpiceJet pilot his job. It’s the second such incident recently where SpiceJet has straightaway terminated a pilot for inappropriate behaviour in public.
Two months back, another SpiceJet pilot and a flight attendant lost their jobs after a passenger complained about their public display of affection on board a flight.
In the latest case, the Delhi-based pilot went to stay in a hotel room of another SpiceJet pilot, who was on a layover in Delhi.
Airlines book rooms for pilots who are on layover outstation for mandatory rest before the next flight. "There is no twin-sharing of hotel rooms as that could lead to disturbed sleep and impact flight safety. Having a colleague come over to share a room during a layover is a strict no-no," said an airline source.
The next morning, the pilot on layover left for duty, while the Delhi pilot stayed put in the room and then called a female companion over. "Hotel staff denied his female companion an entry. The pilot got angry and created a ruckus at the reception desk," the source said. He later used the room allocated to another pilot colleague.
Following a complaint from the hotel, SpiceJet carried out an inquiry and terminated the services of the Delhi pilot last month.
07/12/19 ManjunV/Times of India
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