If you knew that smoking on the plane would only result in a 15-day ban on the airline, would you smoke? A viral video and the ridiculous punishment the passenger received raises questions over aviation safety in India.
Ridiculous Punishment For Smoking On SpiceJet Flight In India Invites Others To Smoke Too
The incident took place in January 20, 2022 onboard a SpiceJet flight Dubai (DXB) to New Delhi (DEL). “Social media influencer” Bobby Kataria posted a video of himself smoking onboard. His video went viral.
A video viral in social media raises serious questions about the Aviation Safety
A person named Bobby Kataria is seen in video, sitting inside the flight and smoking cigarette .
— Sameer Dixit (@sameerdixit16) August 11, 2022
All this came as a surprise to SpiceJet. Amazingly, the flight attendants did not even notice that Kataria had smoked onboard. It was only when media inquiries began over the viral video that SpiceJet launched an investigation.
Upon concluding its investigation, SpiceJet banned Kataria for 15 days….that’s it. It issued the following statement:
“The matter was referred to Internal Committee constituted as per provisions of Civil Aviation Requirements on handling of unruly passengers (not consisting of any SpiceJet employee). The said passenger was put on a no-flying list by the airline for 15 days in February 2022.”
Good thing the man didn’t grope a flight attendant or he might have been banned for a while month. What a joke his punishment was. Locking him up for his little stunt may not be appropriate either, but how about a substantial fine and permanent ban on SpiceJet? Don’t actions have consequences?
To me, this whole incident invites copycats. I don’t like giving this punk attention, which is why I am not including any direct social media links, but it is an instructive case in that the failure to punish is emboldening.
I’m not only surprised at the light sentence Kataria received, but also by the fact that the flight attendants failed to notice him smoking. How does that happen? Did the passengers around him just ignore his puffs of smoke? Or was this one of those cook a steak in the lavatory toilet tricks and is not even what it seems?
(H/T: View From The Wing)