Drunk tries to charge phone in cockpit

MUMBAI • A passenger was kicked off an Indian flight after he tried to access the cockpit to charge his phone, the airline IndiGo said yesterday.

The incident took place as an IndiGo flight was preparing to take off from Mumbai for Kolkata on Monday.

"While an IndiGo aircraft was on the ground, an unruly passenger tried to enter the cockpit, stating that his mobile phone needed to be charged," the airline said in a statement.

"Following standard operating procedures, the captain... initiated the offloading of the passenger on grounds of security violation."

An airport official told the Press Trust of India news agency that the man, said to be in his mid-30s, was drunk.

The police questioned and then released him without charge, the official added.

It was the second bizarre incident involving an Indian domestic flight in a week, after a passenger tried to open an exit door in mid-air, apparently mistaking it for the toilet.

The man was travelling with GoAir from New Delhi to Patna last Saturday when he tried to open the aircraft's rear exit, the carrier said.

Another passenger raised the alarm and the man was apprehended by the crew.

On arrival, he was handed to the authorities for questioning and was later released.

Indian media reports said he was a first-time flier.

India's airline sector has seen a sixfold increase in passenger numbers over the past decade as citizens take advantage of better connectivity and cheap flights, with many taking to the skies for the first time.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2018, with the headline 'Drunk tries to charge phone in cockpit'. Print Edition | Subscribe