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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday imposed a 10 lakh fine on Tata-owned Air India airline, for not reporting the incident where a passenger urinated on a vacant seat and blanket of a woman passenger. The incident occurred on 6 December, on Air India's Paris-New Delhi flight.

According to DGCA, apart from not reporting the incident on time, the airline also delayed referring the matter to its Internal Committee.

The action came after the aviation regulator sought a report from Air India after taking note of the incident. "Air India did not report the incident of a passenger urinating on the blanket of a female passenger. We have sought a report from the airline," the DGCA official told the news agency PTI.

After the Paris-New Delhi Air flight landed around 9:40 AM, the security of the airport was informed that a male passenger was "under the influence of alcohol and he was not following the instructions of the cabin crew, and he later peed on a blanket of an onboard lady passenger", airport officials had told news agency PTI.

The airport security allowed the accused to go, as the woman passenger who initially submitted a written complaint, refused to file a police complaint.

"Air India confirms that a passenger on Air India Flight 142 from Paris to Delhi on December 6, 2022, relieved himself on the vacant seat and blanket of a fellow passenger when the latter was in the lavatory. The crew identified and isolated the offender and reported the incident to authorities," the airline said confirming the incident.

This was the second fine on the air carrier after the aviation regulator imposed a 30 lakh fine on Air India for another urinating incident where a drunk passenger allegedly urinated on a fellow passenger on its New York-New Delhi flight. The fine was imposed for not following appropriate procedures after the incident. DGCA also suspended the pilot of that flight for 3 months, for failing to discharge his duties and ensure safety and discipline.

 

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