Two unsettling incidents of passengers trying to open aircraft doors, both on IndiGo flights, occurred in quick succession, this week.
Both passengers, one on a Delhi-Chennai flight on Tuesday (September 19), and another on Thursday's (September 21) Guwahati-Agartala IndiGo service attempted to open emergency doors mid-flight, reported India Today.
Were they trying to catch a breath of fresh air at 30,000 feet, or they thought they could beat traffic by making a premature exit; either way, they surely forgot air travel isn't about "door-to-door" service, where flight safety went for a toss!
In a respite, both were handed over to security agencies upon arrival, and the carrier IndiGo regretfully assured, "At no point was the safety of the flight compromised."
Incident 1: New Delhi-Chennai flight
- On an IndiGo flight 6E 6341 on Tuesday (September 19) night bound for Chennai, chaos ensued as a passenger, identified as Manikandan, made an attempt to open the emergency door cover during the flight.
- The cabin crew promptly declared the passenger as unruly, and upon landing at the Chennai airport, handed him over to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to be taken to a Police Station, reported India Today.
- In response to the incident, IndiGo issued an apology to its passengers, stating, "At no point was the safety of the flight compromised. We regret any inconvenience caused to the other passengers."
Incident 2: Guwahati-Agartala flight
- On another IndiGo flight, this time on Flight 6E 457 flying from Guwahati to Agartala, with 180 passengers on board, a passenger seated near the emergency exit door, identified as Biswajit Debnath, attempted to open the door mid-air.
- This one did not let it go so easily and kept on attempting to open the door.
- According to the video on social media, he could only be tamed after fellow passengers and flight attendants physically restrained him.
- He was also seen receiving a few blows on his head from passengers, which was a bit too much.
- Upon landing in Agartala, he was arrested, and a preliminary probe revealed that he was under the influence of narcotic tablets, which can be seen even in the video where he doesn't look in control.
And, all this while, IndiGo and flight safety:
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