Furious over his flight getting delayed, a Kingfisher Airlines passenger went berserk at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Monday night and tried to stop his co-passengers from boarding the plane when the flight was announced.
When a female Kingfisher staff tried to stop him, the passenger, identified as Kapil Singhal, started abusing her and allegedly molested her.
Singhal was overpowered by personnel of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and was taken out of the airport.
“A Kingfisher staffer was posted at the boarding gate where passengers of flight IT 312 (Delhi-Mumbai) were waiting for boarding.
The flight was delayed and just when the staff was about to announce the boarding, a passenger seated on 27F started shouting and tried to stop boarding,” a senior CISF officer said.
Singhal even asked CISF personnel to close the gate. “He was trying to stop passengers who were waiting for boarding. There was high drama as Kingfisher staff continued with the boarding and Singhal kept on shouting and abusing,” the officer added.
A Kingfisher officer said that Singhal disturbed the whole boarding process and delayed the flight further. The staff tried to calm him but he was not ready to listen.
In her complaint to the police, the Kingfisher staffer said, “He caught hold of my hand and then pushed me. The passenger used abusive language and misbehaved.”
A case in connection with outraging the modesty of a woman has been registered at the airport police station. Singhal was immediately arrested. The flight took off after he was whisked away by CISF men.