The aviation regulator asks Air India to maintain a database of all unruly passengers
A financial penalty of Rs.10 lakh has been imposed on Air India by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), for not reporting the incidents which occurred on the AI-142 Paris-New Delhi flight on December 6, 2022.
The DGCA issued show cause notice to the Accountable Manager of Air India as to why enforcement action should not be taken against them for dereliction of their regulatory obligations.
Air India submitted a reply to the show cause notice on January 23 and the same was examined, said a senior DGCA official on Tuesday.
Two incidents occurred on the Air India flight. While one passenger who was caught smoking in the lavatory, was drunk and not adhering to the crew instructions; another passenger allegedly relieved himself on a vacant seat and blanket of a fellow female passenger when she went to the lavatory.
The senior DGCA official said, “Enforcement action in the form of a Financial Penalty of Rs.10,00,000/- (Rupees Ten Lakh only) has been imposed on Air India for not reporting the incident to DGCA and delaying in referring the matter to its Internal Committee, which is a violation of applicable DGCA Civil Aviation Requirements.”
Following two incidents of passenger misconduct in the Air India Paris-New Delhi flight on December 6, 2022, the aviation regulator DGCA had asked the airline to maintain a database of all unruly passengers. It also asked the airline to refer the incident to the internal committee.
Earlier, in the pee-gate incident, Air India had been fined Rs.30 lakh and DGCA had suspended the License of the pilot-in-command for three months. Moreover, the regulator had also imposed a penalty of Rs.3 lakh on the Director-in-flight services of Air India for failing to discharge her duties.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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