Drunk student ‘urinates’ on business class passenger on New York-Delhi flight; cops register case on airline complaint | India News
The airline sought appropriate action against Vora, a resident of Defense Colony, for “endangering flight safety”. Delhi Police registered a case against Vohra based on an AA complaint and detained him for several hours before releasing him on Sunday afternoon. DCP (IGIA) Devesh Kumar Mahala said “strongest possible action” will be taken in this case.
The latest case of its kind occurred on flight AA-292 during its nearly 14.5-hour journey to Delhi on Saturday. In a complaint to police, the airline said Vohra was “heavy drunk; failure to comply with the instructions of the crew on board the ship; many times arguing with the operator; unwillingness to sit and continually jeopardize the safety of the crew and aircraft. After disturbing the safety of other passengers, ended up urinating on a passenger sitting on 15G.”
The airline is operating a Boeing 777-300 extended range (ER) on the JFK-Delhi route for which 15G is a business class seat. It is not possible to determine with certainty whether the defendant was also in business or high end/casual economy.
When Vohra realized what had happened, he apologized to the male passenger and asked him not to file a complaint as it would damage his reputation and career. The victim, who informed the crew, is known to have agreed to the student’s request.
However, the crew took a stern stance on the matter and informed the pilot, who asked security personnel to be present upon arrival. Accordingly, CISF was present when the plane arrived at the terminal. The airline said Vohra was “in a state of intoxication” at the time. He was later handed over to the police. DCP Mahala said: “The person traveling with the passenger did not file any complaints in this regard, but the airlines did issue a written complaint in which they allege that the passenger behaved inappropriately. , causing nuisance and urination on the passenger. A case has been registered in this issue. We will do our best.”
“The defendant was released… Vohra told us he went to the bathroom but the door was locked. We are verifying his testimony,” DCP added. Police will also seek details from witnesses and crew members in the case.
The General Department of Civil Aviation is monitoring the incident. “We have searched and received a report from the airline concerned.
They appear to have handled the situation professionally and have taken all appropriate actions,” a senior DGCA official said.
The flight took off from New York at 9.16pm on Friday (March 3) and landed in Delhi at 10:12pm on Saturday (local time). “We received a PCR call about the incident around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. A team arrived at the scene and the suspect was handed over to us,” the DCP said.
In a statement, the airline said: “American Airlines Flight 292 with service from John F Kennedy International Airport to Indira Gandhi International Airport was caught by local law enforcement on arrival in Delhi due to a disruptive customer. The flight landed safely at 21:50. We are grateful to our crew members who are dedicated to the safety and care of our customers and handle situations with the utmost professionalism.”
November and December last year witnessed a similar incident on Indian Airlinesflights to India. However, the AI did not report the problem to the authorities and was therefore heavily regulated and fined. Recently AI MD-CEO Campbell Wilson said the airline is reporting all such cases to law enforcement agencies.
Arun Kumar, who retired as chief integrity officer of the DGCA on February 28, 2023, has asked airlines to report all serious incidents to the authorities. The DGCA fined the AI for not reporting two incidents in a timely manner.
Clock American Airlines handed over the flyer, who urinated on a passenger in mid-air, to us: Delhi DCP Mahla Airport