AI's response should have been much swifter:Chandra
DGCA said Air India’s conduct in handling the incident was unprofessional; Delhi Police arrested accused Shankar Mishra on Jan 4
Mumbai: Tata Group Chairman N Chandrasekaran admitted on Sunday that Air India's response to the incident of a drunk passenger allegedly urinating on a woman on one of its international flights last year should have been 'much swifter'. In a statement, which came days after the aviation regulator DGCA pulled up the Tata Group-owned full-service carrier, Chandrasekaran also said that "we fell short of addressing this situation the way we should have."
In a shocking incident, an inebriated man allegedly urinated on a female co-passenger, a senior citizen in her seventies, in the business class of Air India New York-New Delhi flight on November 26 last year. The accused Shankar Mishra was arrested by the Delhi Police from Bengaluru on Saturday.
"The incident on Air India flight AI102 on November 26, 2022, has been a matter of personal anguish to me and my colleagues at Air India. Air India's response should have been much swifter. We fell short of addressing this situation the way it should have been," Chandrasekaran said in the statement on Sunday.
"The Tata Group and Air India stand by the safety and well-being of our passengers and crew with full conviction. We will review and repair every process to prevent or address any incidents of such unruly nature," he added in the statement.
DGCA said Air India's conduct in handling the incident was 'unprofessional'. It has issued show cause notices to the airline, its director of in-flight services and the crew that operated the flight. The incident came to light reportedly after the woman wrote a letter to Chandrasekaran recalling her harrowing experience on the flight. Air India CEO Campbell Wilson on Saturday apologised for the incident and said four cabin crew and a pilot have been de-rostered and the airline is reviewing its policy on service of alcohol in flight. Earlier, Wilson, in an internal communication, told the airline staff to report any improper behaviour on aircraft to authorities at the earliest even if the matter appears to have been settled.