A Thiruvananthapuram-bound Air India flight was on Thursday delayed by nearly two hours after an altercation broke out between two crew members. Apparently just three words uttered by one of the members caused the delay.
The Delhi-Kochi-Thiruvananthapuram flight (AI 048) with 158 passengers, including some Members of Parliament and senior bureaucrats, on board was scheduled to depart around 6 pm. A flight purser came on board the flight late. When the cabin crew in charge pointed it out to him, he shot back “Toh kya hua? (so what?),” according to a TOI report.
This led to a two-hour quarrel between the senior female cabin crew member and the junior male cabin attendant.
The cabin crew in charge complained to the captain of the flight. However, the purser refused to get off the flight when asked by the pilot. Finally, the purser relented and got off the flight, but when he did so — another woman flight attendant also got off the aircraft.
Finally, after the replacement crew was brought and the flight took off from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi at 7.50 pm on Thursday.
According to the report, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani said, “We have suspended the two cabin crew members for delaying the flight. We will not tolerate any indiscipline at the airline.”