Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Shankar Mishra was not served excess alcohol, did not look intoxicated, says Air India

Air India, after conducting an internal enquiry into the urination case, said Shankar Mishra, the 34-year-old man who allegedly urinated on a woman co-passenger, was not served excessive alcohol by the crew. The airline, in its official statement, said Mishra did not appear intoxicated and, in the judgment of the crew, he did not pose a risk to the flight's safety at any time.

Mishra is accused of urinating on a co-passenger -- an elderly woman -- onboard a New York-Delhi Air India flight on November 26, 2022. He was detained in Bengaluru after absconding from the police. According to the woman's complaint in the case, Mishra seemed to be drunk after consuming the alcohol served on the business class flight.

Air India acknowledged that it did not correctly classify the incident as per the Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR), the guiding principles for the aviation sector. It said the flight crew and ground staff have been issued warning letters to adhere strictly to the CAR definition of “unruly” when reporting such incidents in the future.

The cabin crew and the ground staff, the airline said, have been counselled and have since returned to duty. Earlier, pending enquiry, Air India had de-rostered four cabin crew members and a pilot.

The complainant had earlier accused Air India of not offering any help when the incident happened. The victim in her letter said that neither the cabin crew nor the airline helped her in need.

24/01/23 Poulomi Saha/India Today

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