Passenger smokes in flight, misbehaves with crew, let off after apology
The passenger threatened to smoke again, risking the safety of other passengers. The crew then contacted the security control room at the Delhi airport and asked for assistance.Updated: Sep 10, 2017 16:27 IST
A passenger on board an Air India Ranchi-Delhi flight created a ruckus mid-air when he was stopped from smoking inside the toilet.
The plane from Ranchi was approaching Delhi last Sunday when the crew asked the passenger to come out of the toilet. They noticed the smell of cigarette and realized he was smoking.
What followed next was a heated argument. The passenger threatened to smoke again, risking the safety of other passengers. The crew then contacted the security control room at the Delhi airport and asked for assistance.
“We were told about an unruly passenger on board AI 318, which was coming from Ranchi. We were told about it at 3:05 pm and the flight landed at 3:30 pm. As the plane landed, the passenger was taken out by the security personnel,” said an officer of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
The CISF is responsible for the security of airports across the country and often have to control passengers who have turned unruly mid-air.
“During enquiry it was found that the passenger had smoked in the flight and even misbehaved with crew. Since the airline was reluctant to file a police complaint, a written apology was taken from the passenger and he was allowed to travel further to Astana,” the official added.
It is also a matter of concern how the passenger managed to sneak in the cigarettes and lighter.
“The person concerned at Ranchi airport has been informed as his security check was conducted there. We will have to check whether he carried a matchstick or a lighter,” said a CISF official.
An Air India spokesperson confirmed the incident.
“The passenger had smoked in the flight and turned angry when stopped. We asked for security assistance as the passenger misbehaved with the crew,” said GP Rao, AI spokesperson.
The incident took place on September 3, four days before new rules to handle unruly passengers were implemented. Passengers would have faced a ban on flying under this new rule.
“Passengers trying to smoke is one the biggest hazards for us and this rule will help us in tackle such passengers. We hope this will act as a deterrent,” said an airline official.
First Published: Sep 10, 2017 00:13 IST