Passenger tries to enter cockpit to charge phone, thrown off Mumbai-Kolkata flight

Passenger tries to enter cockpit to charge phone, thrown off Mumbai-Kolkata flight
The passenger was disembarked from the flight and taken to the Mumbai Airport Police Station for further action (Representational Image, Courtesy: Sunandan Subramaniam)

In a bizarre incident, a passenger was offloaded from a Mumbai-Kolkata IndiGo flight on Monday after he tried to enter the flight’s cockpit to charge his phone.

The flight was yet to take off when the passenger tried to enter the cockpit.

Following the incident, the passenger was disembarked from the flight and taken to the Mumbai Airport Police Station by the airline’s security staff for further legal action. He was reportedly let off after questioning.

When asked about the incident, the airline said the passenger was offloaded on grounds of a security violation.

“While an IndiGo aircraft was on the ground, an unruly passenger tried to enter the cockpit stating that his mobile needs to be charged. Following standard operating procedures, the captain operating 6E-395 flight from Mumbai to Kolkata (September 24, 2018) had initiated the offloading of the passenger on grounds of a security violation. As per the prescribed rules, entry into the cockpit is prohibited,” the airline told ANI.

In a similar incident, a passenger on board a GoAir flight from Delhi to Patna on Monday attempted to open the rear door of the aircraft mid-air. A co-passenger raised an alarm, after which the passenger was intercepted by the crew.

Post-arrival, the passenger was handed over to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) for further investigation.


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