Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Nepal man smokes onboard Air India flight, abuses crew, smashes toilet door

A Nepali national, identified as Mahesh Singh Pandit, on flight AI 188, from Toronto to New Delhi (July 10) allegedly hurled abuses at the crew and damaged one of the lavatory doors onboard, reported ANI.

This passenger seemed determined to create chaos and discomfort for everyone in the 13-hour-long flight.

The trouble began when the passenger unleashed a torrent of verbal abuse on the cabin crew in the economy class cabin after swapping seats from 26E to 26F. The exact reason for the abuses is unknown. Sensing trouble, the pilot was promptly informed and gave the passenger a stern verbal warning. Surprisingly, he listened and kept calm for a while.

As if abusing the crew wasn't enough, this passenger had a brilliant idea post-lunch. The crew was startled when a smoke alarm went off soon after. Curious to investigate, a flight attendant opened the lavatory door and, lo and behold, found the same troublemaker inside, with a cigarette lighter and the distinct smell of smoke wafting through the air.

Caught red-handed smoking in the lavatory, the passenger didn't go down without a fight!

When the flight attendant tried to intervene, the passenger decided to play a game of push-and-shove to sprint back to his seat, even resorting to verbal abuse at the attendant. While trying to evade the scene, he broke the lavatory door.

Not content with harassing the crew, he even had the audacity to physically threaten other passengers who tried to tame him. Thankfully, 10 passengers and two cabin crew members teamed up to finally restrain the troublemaker, but not without a struggle. Cabin Supervisor, in the FIR statement, said, “When I opened the door in front of the passenger, he pushed me back and ran to his seat 26F. When I tried to stop him, he pushed me and abused me also. Later he broke the LAV door 3F-RC. Then I informed the captain immediately and as per the captain's instruction with the help of cabin crew Punit Sharma and the other four passengers we tried to restrain him as per SOP.”

Upon arrival In New Delhi, a case was registered with the Delhi Police under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt)/506 (criminal intimidation)/336 (endangering human life) of the Indian Penal Code and 22,23,25 Aircraft rules at IGI Police station.

12/07/2023 Sushim Mukul/DailyO

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