NEW DELHI: A person flying American Airlines’ New York-Delhi nonstop on Sunday night allegedly urinated on a co-passenger and was handed over to the cops on landing in the capital on Sunday night. In this case too, the accused was inebriated when he got into an argument with a co-passenger and then allegedly urinated on him.
“An allegedly inebriated passenger relieved himself on another passenger. American Airlines has recorded the statements of co-passengers and handed over the passenger to law enforcement agencies. An FIR has been lodged,” said a senior Directorate General of Civil Aviation official. The CISF handed over the accused to Delhi Police.
The Boeing 777 operating as AA 292 landed at IGI Airport at 9.11 pm Sunday (April 23) and the accused was handed over to CISF on arrival.
However, the police say they are yet to receive a complaint. Deputy commissioner of police (IGIA) Devesh Mahla said: ““We initiated action after the complaint given by the airline staff on the unruly behaviour of the passenger. Legal action has been taken under non-cognizable offences. No one came forward to complain. There was no corroborative evidence or complaint given by the co-passengers regarding someone urinating on them.”
Police have issued a kalandra under sections 23 and 24 of the Civil Aircraft Rules after airlines complained of unruly behaviour. Kalandra is a notice issued under Code of Criminal Procedure against a person against whom there is an information that he is might have committed a wrongful act leading to breach of peace or disturbance to the public.
In a statement, the airlines said: “American Airlines flight 292 (JFK-IGIA) was met by local law enforcement upon arrival in Delhi due to a disruption on board. We’re grateful to our crew members who are consistently dedicated to the safety and care of our customers and handled the circumstances with the utmost professionalism.”
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The DGCA had sought a report from the airline which it has submitted. “The airline has taken appropriate action as per our regulations and will further investigate the matter as per their laid down internal procedures,” the DGCA official said.
The last few months have seen several instances of inebriated people urinating on co-passengers. Last month a 20-year-old Delhi student doing post-graduation from a US university allegedly urinated in an inebriated state on a business class passenger on American Airlines’ (AA) New York-Delhi flight. The airline cancelled the student’s return ticket and barred him from flying AA in the future. It had sought appropriate action against him for “endangering flight safety.” Last November and December had seen similar incidents on two Air India flights headed to India.
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