Mumbai: Two drunk unruly flyers were arrested on Wednesday from an IndiGo Dubai-Mumbai flight. They have been booked under IPC Section 336 for endangering the life and safety of others, and under the relevant Aircraft Rules for dangerous flying, assault and drinking.
This is the seventh unruly flyer case registered in Mumbai this year — the most recent being on March 11 when US resident Ratnakar Dwivedi (37), holding dual citizenship, was arrested for smoking onboard and allegedly tried to open the emergency exit on a London-Mumbai Air India flight. He flew back to the US after he got released on Rs 25,000 bail on March 14.
In Wednesday’s incident, as soon as the IndiGo 6E 1088 flight took off from Dubai at 8am, Nalasopara resident John G Dsouza (49) and Dattatray Bapardekar (47) from Kolhapur, seated on 20-B and 18-E, respectively, started drinking from bottles they had bought from the duty-free shops. “When flyers seated next to them objected to their continous drinking, they hurled abuses at them,” said a Sahar police officer.
In the complaint, senior cabin crew Mandeep Singh said: “Bapardekar walked to the last seat in the flight and continued drinking despite a warning, while Dsouza dr-ank on his seat. I checked Bapardekar’s bag and found a half-empty liquor bottle and a few tobacco sachets. I told both of them to stop drinking as it is not permitted onboard.” They ignored her warning that legal action will be initiated against them and kept walking back and forth to the galley, and hurling abuses at the crew and co-flyers. “When Singh took away their bottles, they verbally abused her. She informed the captain and the duo was arrested as soon as the plane landed in Mumbai,” said the officer.
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