Monday, July 11, 2022

Drunk passenger assaults flight attendant on an Air India Delhi-London flight

Mumbai: An inebriated passenger aboard a recent Air India flight from Delhi to London assaulted a male flight attendant, leaving him with a bloodied ear and forehead for interrupting his group's drinking session.

The incident occured on board Air India Delhi-London flight 111 on July 7. "A group of passengers, travelling together, in economy class were filling their glasses from the bottle of gin one of them brought on board," said the source.

Bringing your own bottle of alcohol to drink onboard flight is an absolute no-no as far as flight safety and security norms go.

"The said flight attendant, very politely, told the passenger who had the bottle that bringing your alcohol to drink on board flight isn't permitted," the source said, adding that the said flight attendant is soft-spoken and mild-mannered. "On being confronted, the passenger got up, pinned the crew to a door and began thrashing him. The unruly passenger then kicked him repeatedly, six to seven, hitting his chest. The flight attendant began bleeding from his ears," the source said. "The passenger and those in the group also did not wear their masks even early on during the flight, despite several repeated reminders by the crew," the source said.

The cabin crew member, in his early thirties, was administered first aid at a local London hospital and discharged.

An Air India spokesperson confirmed the incident. "After the flight landed, the passenger in question has been arrested by the London police," said the spokesperson.

While passengers can bring their own food and medicines to consume on board a flight, BYOB (Bring Your Own Booze) for on board consumption is prohibited. For security and safety of aircraft, cabin crew members decide the amount of alcohol consumed by each passenger. Said a source: "If a passenger is drunk, the crew obviously won't pour him/her another drink. They don't want an unruly passenger, jeopardising flight safety and other passengers' security. Also, you don't know what's in that drink they got, if something happens they will blame the airline and so getting your own booze to drink on board a flight is prohibited. This is also why we don't encourage passengers to bring their own food on international flights, because it could have gone stale by the time they eat it" .

11/07/22 Manju V/Times of India

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