A drunk Indian passenger on an American Airlines flight from New York to New Delhi allegedly urinated on another passenger on Saturday. A 21-year-old, Arya Vohra, a student at a US university, has been named as the accused and blacklisted by the airline.
The flight AA292 from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Indira Gandhi International Airport was met by local law enforcement upon arrival due to a disruptive customer, said the statement from the airline. At 9:50 pm, the plane successfully touched down.
The airline stated that they would not allow the passenger on board in the future. “Upon aircraft arrival, the Purser informed that the passenger was heavily intoxicated, and was not adhering to crew instructions on board. He was repeatedly arguing with the operating crew, was not willing to be seated and continuously endangering the safety of the crew and aircraft. After disturbing the safety of fellow passengers, finally urinated on pax seated on 15G,” American Airlines said.
Before landing, the American Airlines pilot contacted Delhi ATC to request protection due to an unruly passenger. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was alerted so that required action could be taken.
“After the landing of the aircraft, CISF personnel took him out from the aircraft and the said passenger misbehaved with CISF personnel too,” an airport official.
The airport police have taken note of the incident and are taking legal action against the passenger. “We have received a complaint of urination on a co-passenger from American Airlines against one person Arya Vohra who is a student in the USA and resident of Defence Colony, Delhi. We are taking necessary legal action,” a senior Delhi Police official said.
India’s aviation regulator has also sought a detailed report from the airline company. “We have received a report from the concerned airline. They seem to have handled the situation professionally and have taken all appropriate action,” a Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official said.
A co-passenger on an Air India flight from New York to New Delhi, who was 70 years old and in an inebriated condition, was allegedly urinated on by a man named Shankar Mishra in business class in November.
The victim wrote to N Chandrasekaran, the head of the Tata Group, which owns Air India, about the occurrence, which caused a tremendous outcry because the airline failed to notify the authorities about it. Delhi Police later detained Mr Mishra.