This is the second incident of a drunken passenger urinating on a co-passenger in the last few months. A similar incident took place in Air India's New York-Delhi flight on 26 November.
New Delhi: An American Airlines flight from New York to New Delhi allegedly urinated on a male co-passenger in an inebriated state. The incident took place in flight number AA292, which took off from New York at 9.16 pm on Friday and landed at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport here at 10.12 am on Saturday. The accused has been identified as 21-year-old Arya Vohra, a student at a US university, and has been banned by the airline.
The DCP of IGI Airport said that we have received a complaint from American Airlines for urinating against a person Arya Vohra, who is a student in USA and a resident of Defense Colony, Delhi. We are taking necessary legal action.
Airline officials took it seriously
A source at the airport said, “The accused is a student of an American university. He was in an inebriated state and urinated on his clothes in his sleep, due to which the passenger sitting next to him also got wet. The passenger then complained to the crew.” The victim passenger did not want to report the matter to the police, as the accused student had apologized and complaining could jeopardize his career.
However, the airline took it seriously and reported the matter to the Air Traffic Control (ATC) at IGI (Indira Gandhi International) airport. The crew informed the pilot after coming to know about the incident, who in turn informed the ATC about the matter. The ATC informed the personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force, who handed over the accused passenger to the Delhi Police.
The accused was immediately taken into custody
Another source at the airport said, “The airline’s own security team along with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) swung into action after the incident was detected. After getting off the plane, the accused was immediately taken into custody. Police is recording the statements of the people concerned.” According to civil aviation rules, if a passenger is found guilty of unruly behaviour, he can be banned from flying for a specified period.
This is the second incident of a drunken passenger urinating on a co-passenger in the last few months. A similar incident took place on Air India’s New York-Delhi flight on November 26, in which a passenger named Shankar Mishra allegedly urinated on an elderly woman in an inebriated state.
The incident came to light after about a month through a media report, following which an FIR was registered and Mishra was arrested. He was released on bail after being in jail for about a month. According to the rules of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, a fine of Rs 30 lakh was imposed on Air India for not reporting the incident within 12 hours. The Delhi Police is probing the matter, while Mishra has been banned from flying for four months.