An Air India pilot is being investigated after it was claimed that on a recent flight, he entertained a female non-airline employee in the cockpit. According to Air India and regional aviation authorities, they are investigating the serious allegations which were reported by a disgruntled member of the cabin crew.
On February 27, the incident occurred during a three-and-a-half-hour journey from New Delhi to Dubai. Between DEL and DXB, Air India runs a number of flights every day utilising both single-aisle Airbus A320 series aircraft and bigger widebody Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Although no immediate action was taken against the pilot, a cabin crew member reported a safety incident after the flight because they believed the Captain was in violation of aviation safety and security regulations.
The flight attendant reportedly also claimed that the pilot was sexist and chauvinistic in local media reports.
The flight attendant claims that the Captain become angry, nasty, and abusive towards her after she made it apparent to him that he was flouting strict security regulations. When it comes to safety complaints, Air India claims to have a “zero tolerance” policy, although it did not explicitly state whether the pilot had been suspended.
According to the complaint, the Captain attempted to upgrade his female acquaintance to Business Class first, but when this proved unsuccessful, he asked the cabin crew to grant her access to the flight deck.
The cabin staff rebuffed the captain’s requests to offer them both food and beverages on the flight deck. Following that, the crew was apparently dealing with an irate passenger onboard when the Captain allegedly refused to interact with them.
The pilot was initially spotted in the airport with a female companion; he declined to walk with the crew, preferring the company of the woman.
In a statement, Air India commented: “We have also reported the matter to the DGCA and are cooperating with their investigations. We have zero tolerance in aspects related to the safety and well-being of our passengers and will take requisite action.”