Mumbai: First-time flier held for smoking beedi in loo

A 58-year-old man traveling to Mumbai from Delhi on an IndiGo flight had managed to carry a matchbox in the aircraft and was caught smoking while the flight was about to land on Wednesday. An FIR was registered against him.

The airplane was descending when the incident occurred. Pic for representation
The airplane was descending when the incident occurred. Pic for representation

IndiGo flight 6E 183, that arrives in Mumbai at 8.25 am, was descending when Bhayandar resident Vinod Kumar went to the washroom and lit a beedi using a matchbox. As soon as the crew realized what he was doing they told him that it was a punishable offence and asked him to stop. The pilot was then told about Kumar’s mid air action and he alerted the ground staff. When they landed in Mumbai, the airline security officials decided to hand him over to the police station.

Kumar works in a transport company and had gone to Delhi for official work. He was a first time air traveler and did not know about the rule, claimed cops from Airport Police Station. An airport official said, “Initially Kumar was let go after being fined for Rs 200 fine but he was called back for further proceedings.” A FIR was registered against him under Section 336 of IPC and section 25 of Aircraft Act 1937.

Airline speaks
“An unruly incident was reported on 6E-183 on Wednesday when a passenger was observed smoking (due to smoke alarm detectors) inside the lavatory while the aircraft was descending. On noticing this violation, the crew on-board immediately alerted the Captain who further escalated this to the ground staff. In interest of safety of other passengers on-board, the crew briefed this passenger about the policy prohibiting smoking on board, thereafter issuing a warning to the passenger. After landing at the Mumbai airport, this matter was thoroughly investigated by the local police station. An FIR was filed against this offence,” said an IndiGo Spokesperson.

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