Unruly behaviour on SpiceJet flight; flyer handed over to security agency at Delhi Airport

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NEW DELHI: A passenger was offloaded from a SpiceJet flight at Delhi Airport on Monday after he allegedly inappropriately touched a foreign female cabin crew member and handed over to security agencies.
This most recent case of unruly behaviour happened on a wet lease (where a plane is taken on hire with an operating crew) aircraft that was to fly from Delhi to Hyderabad.
“The cabin crew member started crying. This passenger was offloaded and handed over to IGI Airport police station. Another person was travelling with him and he also got off the aircraft,” said people in the know. The airline has informed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The passenger is learnt to have submitted a written apology to the police.
A SpiceJet spokesperson said: “On Monday (Jan 23), SpiceJet wet-leased Corendon aircraft was scheduled to operate SG-8133 (Delhi-Hyderabad). During boarding at Delhi, one passenger behaved in an unruly and inappropriate manner, harassing and causing disturbance to cabin crew. The crew informed pilot-in-command and security staff of the same. The said passenger and a co-passenger, who were travelling together, were offloaded and handed over to the security team.”
Comments were sought from the airline whether it will initiate proceedings against the passenger under the no fly rules and awaited till the time of going to press.
The wet-lease aircraft from Turkish carrier Corendon has all foreign crew. As per rules, there has to be an Indian crew member who can translate between passengers and the other foreign crew as and when needed.
The past few months have seen a number of unruly incidents on board flights of both desi and foreign carriers headed to India.
These include flyers allegedly urinating on co-passengers or the latter’s seats and onboard brawls.
The DGCA has recently fined a leading Indian airline Rs 30 lakh for not reporting an unruly onboard unruly incident to it on time and also suspended the licence of the pilot-in-command of that flight for three months. After this action, airlines immediately report any such incident to the DGCA and crew also hand over the unruly passenger to security agencies.
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