Takes All Kinds: Strange Behaviour On Indian Airlines

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

An unruly passenger, believed to be drunk, was removed from a flight just prior to takeoff after allegedly attempting to enter the flight deck to charge his mobile phone. That’s just the latest in a series of weird aviation events in India.

The incident took place as an IndiGo flight was preparing to take off from Mumbai for Kolkata, the South China Morning Post reported.

“While an IndiGo aircraft was waiting for takeoff approval  on the ground an unruly passenger tried to enter the cockpit stating that his mobile needed to be charged,” IndiGo said in a statement.

“Following standard operating procedures the captain … initiated the offloading of the passenger on grounds of security violation.”

An airport official told the Press Trust of India news agency that the man, said to be in his mid-30s, was drunk. In a surprising turn of events, police released him without charge after questioning him. His sole penalty appears to have been missing his flight.

The incident follows a series of bizarre recent incidents affecting Indian flights. Earlier this month, a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Jaipur had to turn back after pax began bleeding from their noses and ears – because pilots forgot to pressurize the cabin.

Earlier this week, a passenger flying GoAir from New Delhi to Patna tried to force open an exit door in mid-air, apparently mistaking it for the toilet. Crew restrained the man – who police questioned and then released. He was a first-time flyer and his actions apparently resulted from an honest mistake.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.

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