Thursday, January 30, 2020

Captain on IndiGo flight says Kunal Kamra was not unruly, questions ban by airline

The captain on the flight that saw the Kunal Kamra-Arnab Goswami episode playing out, has observed in his communication to IndiGo that the stand-up comedian never endangered safety or disobeyed any instructions.

Moneycontrol has seen a copy of the email sent by the captain to the airline and is not naming the captain to protect his identity.

"I do not find the aforementioned events reportable in any way. Mr Kamra's behaviour, while unsavoury, was not qualifying of a level 1 unruly passenger. Indeed we pilots can all attest to incidents similar and/or worse in nature that were not deemed unruly."

He adds: "Furthermore, I was disheartened  to learn that my airline has taken action in this case solely on the basis of social media posts, with no consultation whatsoever with the pilot in command. This is somewhat unprecedented in my nine years of airline flying."
"Moving forward, am I to understand that the bar for interpretation of a disruptive passenger is lower/different when it comes to high profile cases?... I would like a clarification from the airline as this leaves a lot of room for ambiguity," he signs off.

Moneycontrol has reached out to IndiGo. The company said, "We have received the relevant statements and the internal committee has initiated the investigation regarding this incident."
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