New Delhi: A man in an inebriated state allegedly urinated on a female co-passenger’s blanket on an Air India flight on December 6 while the flight was coming from Paris to Delhi, news agency ANI reported.
The male passenger was apprehended by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) as soon as he deboarded the flight but was later allowed to leave after the two passengers had a “mutual compromise” and the accused tendered a “written apology”, news agency PTI reported.
The flight landed around 9:40 am at Delhi and the airport security was informed that the passenger was “under the influence of alcohol and he was not following the instructions of the cabin crew and he later peed on a blanket of an onboard lady passenger”, airport officials said.
As per the report, the female passenger, who had initially made a written complaint, refused to file a police case.
This is the second such case after a man allegedly urinated on an elderly woman on an Air India flight from New York to New Delhi on November 26.
Following the incident, Air India said that it has banned the accused from flying for 30 days, the maximum it is permitted to unilaterally to do so.
Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Thursday issued show cause notices to Air India, crew members and the pilots of the New York-Delhi flight in connection with the November 26 urination incident onboard.
“A show cause notice has been issued to the Accountable Manager of Air India, the Director of in-flight Services of Air India, all the pilots and cabin crew members of that flight as to why enforcement action should not be taken against them for dereliction of their regulatory obligations,” the DGCA said in a statement.
“For fact-finding, DGCA sought the details of the incident from Air India and on the basis of the reply of the airline, prima facie it emerges that provisions related to the handling of an unruly passenger on board have not been complied with,” the statement added.
The DGCA further said that the conduct of Air India shows that it is unprofessional that has led to a systemic failure.
“Prima facie it lacks appreciation of regulatory obligations as described in applicable Aircraft Rules 1937, Civil Aviation Requirements on ‘Handling of Unruly Passengers’, Cabin Safety Circular, Air India Operations Manual, Air India Safety and Emergency Procedure Manual and Air India Quick Reference Handbook and is devoid of empathy,” the statement added.