NEW DELHI: The governing body of civil aviation in the country has taken action on Friday against the flag-bearer airline of India following the incident of allegedly peeing of one passenger on another during one of its scheduled international flights.
With respect to the incident that took place more than a month back and put the entire aviation sector including both the players and customers in a very unhappy position, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of India has slapped a fine of Rs 3000000 on Air India. It has also suspended the license of the pilot in charge of the flight for a duration of three months. A penalty of Rs 300000 has also been imposed on the director of in-flight services of the airline for " failing to discharge her duties".
In a statement issued by the airline, they mentioned, "We acknowledge gaps in our reporting and are taking relevant steps to ensure that they are addressed" and "we're also strengthening our crews' awareness of and compliance with policies on the handling of incidents involving unruly passengers. "
This development comes almost two months after the alleged urination of a passenger on board the business class of an international flight from New York to New Delhi. Although the incident took place on November 26 last year, it came to the notice of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation much later following which led the organisation to serve show cause notices to Air India on January 6.
The airline had initially announced a 30-day month ban on the accused which was extended to four months on Thursday. They also officially filed a complaint on January 6, following which the accused was arrested. But with accusations from one side and counter-accusations from the other, the case seems to be going nowhere except that the accused has lost his position with a reputed brand.
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