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September 4, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Air India may place a passenger on India’s no-fly list after the following anguished tweet by a woman on behalf of her mother, who was left traumatised on an international flight by the actions of an obnoxious drunk who “fumbled across to her seat, removed his pants” and then went further.

The daughter’s tweet says it all: “Disgraceful @airindiain yesterday on your flight AI102 from JFK to Delhi a drunk passenger removed his pants and peed on the seat my mother was sitting!!! She was traveling alone and is completely traumatized! Reply ASAP #AirIndia #Shameful”

Adding insult to injury, the lady passenger’s family says no action was taken against the man after the aircraft landed in Delhi. The rogue urinator just walked, or staggered, away into the terminal.

The airline responded “details of the incident are being sent to appropriate authorities for probe, and, possibly put the passenger on no fly list”, according to an account in the Times of India.

The female victim’s daughter, Indrani Ghosh, a Manhattan-based yoga teacher and lawyer, took to Twitter to vent her anger. She tweeted Indian aviation ministers Suresh Prabhu and Jayant Sinha saying: “AI 102 JFK to Delhi, seat 36-D. My mother traveling alone had to face extreme shock and trauma when a drunk passenger post dinner service fumbled across to her seat removed his pants and urinated on her seat! Please look into urgently… peed on the seat my mother was sitting!!! She was traveling alone and is completely traumatized! Reply ASAP.”

According to Ghosh, the only action the airline seemed to have taken was to move her mother to another seat, presumably a drier one.

Jayant Sinha tweeted to Ghosh and Air India, saying: “Please follow up immediately and report back to aviation ministry / DGCA. Very unfortunate that your mother had to go through this harrowing experience.”

Air India then stated: “Our sincere apologies to passengers of the flight inconvenienced by this act. Our cabin crew promptly went all out to alleviate the inconvenience of the passenger from the moment the incident occurred till the flight touched down at Delhi. While an airline has no control over the behaviour of an individual passenger, our crew are trained to handle any situation with utmost care and concern.”

India now maintains a no-fly list and disruptive passengers can be banned from the air for various periods of time, the Times of India reported.

Written by Peter Needham

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