Air India has been fined Rs 30 lakh for the urination incident. The pilot-in-command has been suspended for three months.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has fined Air India airline Rs 30 lakh for a urination incident that took place on a New York-New Delhi flight late last year. The aviation regulator has also suspended the license of the flight’s pilot-in-command for three months and has fined Air India’s director of in-flight service Rs 3 lakh.
The case is from November 26, 2022, when a man — Shankar Mishra — allegedly urinated on a woman in the flight business class. Mishra was allegedly drunk at the time of the incident. Mishra is currently under arrest.
The following actions have been taken by the DGCA in this case
- A financial penalty of Rs 30,00,000 has been imposed on Air India for violation of applicable DGCA Civil Aviation Requirements.
- License Suspension of the Pilot-In-Command of the said flight for three months for failing to discharge his duties as per Rule 141 of the Aircraft Rules, 1937, and applicable DGCA Civil Aviation Requirements.
- A financial penalty of Rs 3,00,000 has been imposed on the director-in-flight services of Air India for failing to discharge her duties as per applicable DGCA Civil Aviation Requirements.
Here’s what has happened so far:
An Air India passenger, Shankar Mishra, while in an inebriated state, allegedly urinated on his co-passenger, a senior citizen in her seventies, in business class on an Air India flight from New York to New Delhi on November 26. As per the woman’s complaint, Mishra continued standing in the elderly person’s seat while his body parts were exposed. He was asked to leave by another passenger.
A case was registered against Mishra under Indian Penal Code sections 294 (obscene act in a public place), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty)