Домой Путешествия Indian cabin crew grounded after Bollywood concert in mid-air

Indian cabin crew grounded after Bollywood concert in mid-air

Indian cabin crew grounded after Bollywood concert in mid-air

The response prompted an investigation of the airline by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), India’s aviation safety regulator.

“The system was used for songs which is a violation of procedures” while “the forward galley was unattended and there were a number of passengers standing in the aisle area,» a senior DGCA official said. «Such violations cannot be tolerated by DGCA.»

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“All cabin crew on the flight have been taken off from flight duty for inquiry and corrective training to reinforce strict adherence to operating procedures,» a Jet Airways spokesman said in a statement. The airline was also made to ensure such “misuse” of the in-flight PA system would not be permitted on board in the future, according to the Times of India.

Indian cabin crew grounded after Bollywood concert in mid-air

The DGCA’s decision to suspend the crew members was criticised by several social media users, as well as the singer who said the regulator’s course of action “lacked common sense”, while other users supported the body’s move noting the dangers of breaching safety procedures.

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«To suspend crew members for asking me to sing on the address system, when the seat-belt signs were off, and no announcements were to be made, is nothing less than punishing someone for spreading happiness,» the singer said.

“Pity there’s no one to question such harshness except the media perhaps. Indians need to loosen up. This act of lack of common sense, according to me, is real intolerance,” he said.

Jet Airways isn’t the first airline to have been condemned by the DGCA for allowing a mid-flight music performance to take place. In 2014, SpiceJet cabin crew were allowed to dance to several Bollywood songs during a flight in celebration of the Hindu Holi festival, the Times of India reported.

The airline was issued a notice stating it “failed to observe various safety regulations”.

“These acts by the cabin crew had drawn the attention of other crew on duty, thus reducing their preparedness/alertness. The frequent movement of the dancing crew may have affected the aircraft’s centre of gravity during flight and created turbulence….» the notice said.

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The airline was also criticised for allowing fliers to take pictures on their mobile phones while in the air, which “might have instigated passengers to become unruly”. The use of electronic devices in aeroplane mode was not permitted at the time of the incident.