A business class passenger verbally abused an Air India crew member after she was denied extra alcohol on-board a London-bound flight from Mumbai, an airline official said on Wednesday. The woman, a foreigner, allegedly manhandled a cabin crew member in an inebriated state, prompting the airline to file a police case, the official said.
The incident took place on November 10 when the Air India flight AI-131 was on way to London from Mumbai. In a video clip recorded by a cabin crew member, the woman can be heard using expletives several times. Air India filed an FIR against the passenger and she was taken into custody on landing at London’s Heathrow airport, the official said.
“The woman turned unruly as the cabin crew denied her serving more liquor. She hurled abuse and manhandled the crew,” the official said. In the video clip which has gone viral on social media, the woman can be heard saying, “I am working for all your people…for you, an international criminal lawyer. Don’t get any money for it, by the way. But you can’t give me a …glass of wine, is that correct?”
[Disclaimer: Video has strong language]
Irish lady behaves in such an abusive, racist way with @airindiain crew for being refused extra drinks. Very decent AI crew behaviour. Arrested on landing. Wonder if she should have been controlled onboard with handcuffs. @JitiBhargava @Mohan_Rngnathan pic.twitter.com/kSTDmGOEm5
— Tarun Shukla (@shukla_tarun) November 13, 2018
The cabin crew informed the flight commander about the unruly behaviour of the passenger on board and he instructed the crew not to serve her more drinks, the official said.
The civil aviation ministry guidelines issued in September 2017 provide for barring a passenger indulging in unruly behaviour from flying for a period ranging from three months to lifetime, the official said.
Aviation regulator DGCA is supposed to maintain the record of all such blacklisted passengers, he said, adding the quantum of punishment is based on the severity of the offence, which has been divided into three categories.
“The no-fly list is applicable only if the incident is inside an aircraft which could adversely affect the safety of the plane and its occupants.”