Drunken man held for urinating, defecating on Air India flight floor

NEW DELHI | Updated: 27 June, 2023 12:26 pm IST
The man was arrested upon landing in New Delhi.

NEW DELHI: In yet another shocking incident of misbehavior mid-air, a male passenger has been arrested for allegedly spitting, urinating and defecating on the floor of a Mumbai-Delhi Air India flight.

This marks the third such occurrence in the past two months.

The erring passenger, identified as Ram Singh, was in an inebriated condition, and was arrested upon the landing of the flight on June 24.

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Upon landing, he was booked under sections 294 (obscene acts) and 510 (misconduct in public by a drunken person) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Later he was granted bail by a local court.

The complaint lodged by Air India states that the incident took place aboard flight AIC 866 after it took off from Mumbai for Indira Gandhi International Airport.

When cabin crew members noticed the misconduct, they issued a verbal warning, isolating the passenger from others on board. The incident was immediately reported to the company, requesting security assistance upon arrival.

According to the police, Ram Singh was heavily intoxicated at the time of the incident. After conducting a medical examination, authorities registered an FIR against him.

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In a statement, an Air India spokesperson said that the airline has reported the incident to India’s aviation regulator the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

“The passenger was handed over to the security personnel upon landing in Delhi. A police complaint (FIR) was registered subsequently, as was the matter reported to the regulator,” Air India said, adding that it follows a “zero tolerance policy for such unruly and unacceptable behaviour”.

“We are extending all cooperation to the ongoing investigations,” it added.

This incident follows a similar case from November last year, in which a passenger on a New York to Delhi flight was arrested for allegedly urinating on a female co-passenger. The accused in that incident was also drunk. Additionally, an incident in April involved another intoxicated passenger urinating mid-air.

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