Civil Aviation Minister condemns unruly passenger incident on IndiGo flight

Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Civil Aviation Minister, expressed strong disapproval of the unruly behavior displayed by a passenger who assaulted a pilot on a New Delhi-Goa IndiGo flight due to a delay announcement. In a social media post, Scindia emphasized the unacceptability of such incidents and assured that all stakeholders were diligently working to minimize disruptions caused by fog-related challenges.

Scindia announced that the Director General of Civil Aviation would issue a standard operating procedure (SOP) for airlines. This SOP aims to enhance communication and facilitate passengers better, particularly during flight cancellations and delays resulting from adverse weather conditions.

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The incident occurred on IndiGo flight 6E 2175, where a frustrated passenger, Sahil Kataria, physically assaulted the co-pilot, Anup Kumar, during an announcement about the delay in takeoff. The flight, bound for Goa, experienced significant delays and eventually took off over 10 hours later.

IndiGo Airlines stated that the passenger’s assault on the co-pilot led to the matter being referred to an independent internal committee for potential inclusion in the “no-fly list.” A viral video of the incident showed the passenger being confronted by other crew members for his actions.

The airline confirmed that the flight crew had reported the incident, and a case has been registered against the passenger under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Aircraft Rules. The police are actively investigating the matter.

Scindia underscored the need to address such unruly behavior and pledged strict actions in accordance with existing legal provisions. The incident highlights the challenges faced by airlines, passengers, and aviation authorities, especially during adverse weather conditions leading to flight disruptions.