First-time fliers causing air turbulence
Of late, not only have unruly passengers been the cause of trauma and harassment, they have also caused economic losses, reports Soubhik Mitra.Updated: Feb 05, 2008 02:57 IST
Low cost carriers might have attracted a whole new segment of air travellers, but they also seem to have attracted trouble-mongers. Of late, not only have unruly passengers been the cause of trauma and harassment, they have also caused economic losses.
When Jaipur-based businessman Ved Prakash was offloaded for allegedly molesting two GoAir flight attendants, the flight was stuck at the airport for nearly 30 minutes. In addition to the trauma of the victims, the aircraft consumed fuel worth a few lakh rupees with ACs, lights and other electrical appliances running while the drama unfolded.
Often, flights are delayed when passengers go missing after collecting the boarding pass, as was the case with a Kolkata-Mumbai Indigo flight on January 18.
Sanjay Prakash, senior commandant, CISF, said: “The number of unruly passengers has definitely gone up. But just because budget fliers come predominantly from the middle-class does not make them unruly.”
First-timers are also often oblivious to the dos and don’ts while flying. “Last year, two Spicejet passengers were offloaded from a Mumbai-Ahmedabad flight for smoking onboard. They thought they could get away with it since smokers on trains manage to pull it off,” said, a CISF official.
Ajay Jasra, Spicejet spokesperson, said, “Unruly behaviour is nothing new. They are getting attention because airlines are not taking it lying down.”