A 34-year-old US citizen booked for allegedly smoking on board an Air India flight and unruly behaviour towards the crew was granted bail by a court in Mumbai on Monday, the police said.
The passenger was found smoking in the lavatory of London-Mumbai flight AI130 on March 10 and behaved in an unruly manner with the crew after they were alerted by the smoke alarm and threw the cigarette from his hand, the official said.
The airline officials handed him over to police when the flight landed in Mumbai, he said. The Sahar police station official said “The man, who is of Indian origin and holds a US passport, was produced in Andheri court and was granted bail on a surety of Rs 20,000. He will be released once he deposits this amount.”
He was charged under Section 336 (whoever does any act so rashly or negligently as to endanger human life or the personal safety of others) and other provisions of the Indian Penal Code and Aircraft Act, the official added.
The Police said that the accused is of Indian origin but a citizen of the United States of America and holds a US passport. “A passenger on our flight AI130, operating London-Mumbai on 10th March 2023, was found smoking in the lavatory. Subsequently, he behaved in an unruly and aggressive manner, despite repeated warnings,” an Air India spokesperson said Monday.