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Air India urination row: DGCA imposes 30 Lakh fine on airlines, suspends pilot’s license for 3 months

The accused, Shankar Mishra, was allegedly drunk while traveling from New York to Delhi in an Air India flight on November 26, 2022, when he allegedly unzipped his pants and urinated on a 72-year-old woman seated in business class.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has taken a major action in the matter of urination. DGCA imposes a huge fine of Rs 30 lakh on Air India. Also, the license of the pilot flying the aircraft at the time of the incident has been suspended for 3 months. In a notice, DGCA has expressed disagreement over Air India’s decision to ban accused Shankar Mishra for four months.

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DGCA has imposed a fine of Rs 30 lakh on Air India for violation of rules. Also, the license of the pilot-in-command of the flight has been suspended for 3 months for failing to perform his duty. At the same time, a fine of Rs 3 lakh has been imposed on the director-in-flight services of Air India.

Air India on Thursday imposed a four-month flying ban on the passenger, Shankar Mishra, for the urinating incident on November 26 last year. The ban was in addition to the 30-day ban it had imposed on the man earlier.

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Accused Shankar Mishra is alleged to have urinated on an adult woman while in an inebriated state on an Air India flight from New York to New Delhi. The woman had also complained about this to the flying staff. Despite this, the accused was easily let go. The woman lodged a complaint with N Chandrasekaran, chairman of Tata Sons, the company owned by Air India. Later, on the complaint, the Delhi Police arrested the accused from Bengaluru.

Even Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran had said on this matter that the incident of a drunken man urinating on a female passenger in an Air India flight is a matter of personal anguish for him. Chandrasekaran had said in a statement, “Air India’s response should have been much quicker. We failed to handle this situation the way it should have been handled.”

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