LONDON – Following the recent report of an incident onboard an Air India New York-Delhi flight where a male passenger urinated on elderly lady, yet another similar incident has come to light.
This time it was on a scheduled Air India flight from Paris to Delhi – this second incident took place on December 6th, 2022 on-board AI 142. In this incident, an intoxicated male passenger had urinated on the blanket of a female passenger. The flight crew notified the pilot of the incident, who in-turn had alerted ATC of the situation.
It is not clearly known which cabin class either of the passengers were flying, but soon after the aircraft landed at Indira Gandhi International Airport, the CISF personnel took the accused into custody.
However, as the male passenger in question had already tendered an apology to the victim and given a written apology note to the crew, the female passenger did not want to lodge a complaint regarding the matter. The male passenger was then released with a warning.
The flight landed around 9:40 am at Delhi and the airport security was informed that the male 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.”
The male passenger was apprehended by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) as soon as he deboarded the plane but was later allowed to leave after the two passengers concerned reached a “mutual compromise” and the accused tendered a “written apology”, airport officials told news agency Press Trust of India.
According to the news source, the Indian aviation regulator DGCA has called on Air India to provide a report on the incident.
In the Paris-Delhi incident, the crew of Air India followed all the protocols laid down by DGCA in handling such situation, unlike the previous New York-Delhi incident where the crew failed to take the appropriate action. DGCA had also issued a show cause notice to the authorities and crew of the New York-Delhi flight.
Air India has now de-rostered the crew involved in this incident until the investigation is completed. The accused involved in the incident on New York-Delhi flight has now been apprehended by the local police authorities and has been sent into judicial custody.
Soon after this incident came into light DGCA reissued a circular to all the airlines highlighting the steps crew should take in such incidents.
The accused man was an employee of US Financial firm Wells Fargo, who soon after learning about this incident issued a statement on Twitter which said:
“Wells Fargo holds employees to the highest standards of professional and personal behavior, and we find these allegations deeply disturbing. This individual has been terminated from Wells Fargo.”
Air India CEO Campbell Wilson said that the situation could have been dealt in a better manner, he said that the airline is co-operating with the authorities investigating the incident. Air India has also issued a statement regarding the incidents: