Air India Tells DGCA it Did Not Report Incident as Two Appeared to Have Sorted Out Issue

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Last Updated: January 05, 2023, 16:53 IST

Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is probing the incident (Photo: Wikipedia)

Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is probing the incident (Photo: Wikipedia)

Detailing the incident, Air India informed DGCA that its cabin crew acquired a criticism from a feminine passenger on board AI 102 on November 26, 2022 {that a} male co-passenger had dirty her garments and baggage by relieving himself close to the seat she was in.

Tata Group-owned Air India on Thursday informed aviation sector regulator DGCA that its employees had not complained to regulation enforcement concerning the Mumbai businessman who allegedly urinated on a feminine passenger on a New York-Delhi flight in November as the aggrieved girl had “rescinded” an initial request for action after the two “appeared” to have sorted out the problem.

Sources with direct information of the matter mentioned Air India on Thursday despatched a reply to DGCA’s January four discover, detailing the incident that occurred on board AI 102 flight of November 26, 2022.

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It said that the unnamed enterprise class offender has been banned from flying on Air India for 30 days, pending a report of its Internal Committee.

The Committee has obtained the mandatory documentation and held its first listening to, sources mentioned, quoting from Air India’s reply.

The alleged perpetrator has requested for added paperwork prior to a second listening to scheduled for January 10, they mentioned.

Meanwhile, a senior DGCA official mentioned, “We are inspecting their (Air India’s) response.” While the Palam Police Station in Delhi has registered a case, the aggrieved passenger has been refunded the flight fare.

Detailing the incident, Air India told DGCA that its cabin crew received a complaint from a female passenger on board AI 102 on November 26, 2022 that a male co-passenger had soiled her clothes and bags by relieving himself near the seat she was in.

The crew assisted the female passenger to a different seat in the same class and provided a set of dry clothes and slippers.

The female passenger initially requested that action be taken against the offender upon arrival. However subsequently, she rescinded her request after the two parties appeared to have sorted the matter out between them, Air India told DGCA.

Sources said the airline in its reply stated that the cabin crew reported the incident to the Commander and logged it in the Voyage Report.

As there was no further flare-up or confrontation, and respecting the perceived wishes of the female passenger, the crew elected not to summon law enforcement upon landing, it added.

The matter has been reported to the Internal Committee in accordance with the rules for declaring a passenger ‘unruly’.

The airline stated that it has been in regular contact with the aggrieved passenger and her family during the investigation and reporting process.

In addition, Air India is reviewing its standing instructions to crew on the reporting of such incidents to authorities on arrival, including in scenarios where the alleged victim does not wish such a report to be made.

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