Air India pee gate: DGCA imposes Rs 30 lakh fine on airline for violating rules, suspends license of pilot-in-command for 3 months
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday imposed a fine of Rs 30 lakh on Tata-owned airline Air India for violating rules after a passenger urinated on a woman co-passenger in the New York-Delhi flight.
The regulator also suspended the license of the pilot-in-command of the flight for three months for failing to discharge his duties. In addition to that, the DGCA also imposed a fine of Rs 3 lakh on Air India’s director-in-flight services.
On January 6, the DGCA requested a detailed report from the airline in order to investigate the matter and take strict action against those responsible. The DGCA also issued a Show Cause Notice to the airline’s Accountable Manager, Director of In-Flight Services, and all the pilots and cabin crew members of that flight as to why enforcement action should not be taken against them for dereliction of their regulatory obligations.
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What is the Air India peeing incident?
On November 26, Shankar Mishra, an ex-Wells Fargo employee, was on his way from New York to Delhi on an Air India flight when, in an inebriated state, he urinated on a woman co-passenger seated in a business class.
She immediately alerted the cabin crew about the ordeal, but to her dismay, the crew offered her a set of pyjamas and footwear and sprayed disinfectant on her belongings. She alleged that the Air India crew was deeply unprofessional and was not proactive in managing a very sensitive and traumatic situation.
Action against Shankar Mishra
Air India on Thursday banned Shankar Mishra from flying for four months in connection with the case. According to the reports, other airlines are also expected to ban him from flying once the DGCA comes out with its decision on the matter.
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