MUMBAI: A 35-year-old man was arrested soon after a Chennai-Mumbai Indigo flight landed at the airport on Sunday night for creating a ruckus during the journey.
Darshan Parekh, a small-time businessman in Mumbai, was allegedly drunk when he boarded at Chennai and was violent, abusive and not ready to follow the safety instructions. At one point, he was hurling abuses and was not ready to sit even while the flight took off.
Police said airline crew are not taking a chance since the two incidents aboard Air India of drunk passengers urinating in the cabins and are reporting almost every ruckus for further police action.
“Parekh boarded the flight drunk and was not ready to follow the safety instructions the crew gave before the flight took off. The crew initially thought of de-boarding Parekh but as the door was already locked, they decided to take action once the flight landed in Mumbai,” said an officer of the Sahar police station. Parekh has been granted bail.
During questioning, Parekh claimed he was trying to sleep when the crew disturbed him. But crew members told the police that Parekh, allotted seat 18C, began creating a ruckus as the flight was about to take off. The crew instructed flyers to fasten their seat belts. but Parekh kept standing and created a ruckus.
Matters got so bad, other flyers complained about the nuisance created by Parekh. “It was conveyed to captain Vishal Gandhi. Parekh was handed over to the police at around 11 pm,” said the police.
In the complaint, chief flight attendant Almas Anwar Sheikh said: “The crew and captain tried to pacify the flyer and asked him to sit but he hurled abuses till the flight reached Mumbai. He disobeyed when the crew asked him to fasten his safety belt and sit.”
Parekh has been booked under IPC section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) and section 22 of the Aircraft Rules, 1937 (assault and other acts of interference against a crew member on an aircraft).