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India's SpiceJet under fire for mid-air song and dance

Published on Mar 21, 2014 1:08 AM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian budget airline SpiceJet said Thursday it has run into trouble with the aviation regulator for performing a mid-air song and dance sequence to celebrate the popular Hindu festival of Holi.

Cabin crew on five SpiceJet flights across India performed a two-and-a-half-minute dance routine to a popular Bollywood song to entertain passengers on Monday for Holi, the annual festival of colours which marks the start of spring.

But the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) was hardly amused, sending the airline a notice with the carrier reportedly facing a suspension of its licence over the dance, which was filmed by some passengers and uploaded online.

The airline has suspended a co-pilot who was seen in one of the videos outside the cockpit, filming the event himself on his smartphone.

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