Handcuffs for unruly flyers now in domestic Air India flights too
While the nation is in a stir over molestation cases since New Year, Air India has now decided to keep restrainers like plastic handcuffs on all its flights to keep unruly flyers firmly seated in case their behaviour endangers the safety of the aircraft or other flyers.
This comes after a flyer on Air India’s Muscat-Delhi flight allegedly molested an air hostess on January 2 and a flyer on its Mumbai-Newark flight reportedly groped a co-passenger on December 21.
“We used to carry restrainers only on our international flights but will now have them on both domestic and international flights. All our aircraft will have two pairs of restraining devices,” AI chairman Ashwani Lohani told Times of India. “The safety of passengers and aircraft is paramount. We will not compromise with that,” he added.
“Inflight misbehaviour is on the rise in recent times. Our pilots adopt zero tolerance for offenses like sexual harassment, both of air hostesses or flyers, and hand over offenders to law enforcing agencies on landing,” said a senior official.
“Restraining a pax (passenger) is one of the last steps and should be done only if the matter is totally out of control,” AI cabin crew manual says.