German national opens plane's emergency door for 'fun' at Mumbai airport

Jan 26, 2016, 09:24 IST | Neha LM Tripathi

The foreigner was arrested by Mumbai airport authorities after he opened the door of Jet Airways aircraft on arrival from Abu Dhabi; another passenger was arrested for smoking in the plane's washroom

Business was not as usual for Jet Airways on Sunday as they had to report two of their passengers to the police for breaking rules.

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(Left) Ravi Dhankar and Steve Titschler
(Left) Ravi Dhankar and Steve Titschler

Germany’s Steve Titschler, who arrived in Mumbai by Jet Airways 9W 585 from Abu Dhabi, opened the aircraft’s emergency door while it was parked in the bay. When interrogated by the crewmembers, who rushed to the spot on seeing this, Titschler said he did that “just for fun”.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was then called in to take the passenger to Sahar police station. Titschler also had to board Jet Airways’ flight to Delhi at 3 pm, which he wasn’t allowed to do. An FIR was registered against him under IPC Sections 336 and 29 of Aircraft Rule, 1937.

Up in smoke
Ravi Dhankar, who was on his way back to Mumbai from Singapore on flight 9W 09, was arrested after he was found smoking in the flight washroom on Sunday.

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An airline official said Dhankar was so inebriated that he could not answer the crewmembers questions. “Dhankar started smoking near the lavatory and was noticed by his co-passengers, who informed the crewmembers, who then asked him to put out the cigarette immediately,” said an airline source.

After the flight landed at Mumbai airport, the airline’s security team took Dhankar to Sahar police station. An FIR was registered against him under IPC Sections 336 and 29 of Aircraft Rule, 1937.

Airline says
A Jet Airways spokesperson said, “A guest travelling on Jet Airways flight 9W 09 from Singapore to Mumbai on Sunday was found smoking in the toilet by cabin crew. He was immediately warned and his cigarette packet and lighter were confiscated. On landing in Mumbai, the guest was handed over to the security agencies. Jet Airways accords highest priority to safety of its guests and all our crew members are trained to handle such situations.”

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“A guest, who travelled from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai by Jet Airways flight 9W 585, on Sunday opened the emergency exit after the aircraft was parked at the bay. The matter was reported to the security agencies,” said the spokesperson.

Security upped
Mumbai airport security has been increased due to Republic Day. More rounds of recce are being conducted by security personnel and sniffer dogs have been on doing more rounds too. “Frisking of passengers and random checks have been doubled at the airport,” said a senior official.

Did you know?
The fine for smoking in a cab is Rs 300, in trains it is up to Rs 100, but the fine for smoking in an aircraft is Rs 250.

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