A A
RSS

Air India introduces female only rows to stop sexual attacks onboard

17.01.2017 at 18:42

Travel news

India’s national airline will designate two rows on every flight as female-only.

Air India made the announcement after two incidents in the past month of men allegedly groping cabin staff or other passengers.

A general manager at the airline, Meenakshi Malik, said officials had made the decision because “we feel … it is our responsibility to enhance comfort level to female passengers”. The service, which will come at no extra charge, will start this week on internal flights, and be rolled out across the network throughout the year. Women in India can already ride in segregated train carriages and buses, and pink women-only auto-rickshaws in two cities near Delhi.

Air India is trying to rebuild its reputation as a safe airline for female passengers after an incident in December, when a business class passenger flying from Mumbai to Newark moved to an empty seat next to a woman in economy and allegedly groped her as she slept. Another Air India passenger was also reportedly arrested in January after a flight attendant complained he had touched her inappropriately and made lewd remarks.

This month, the airline announced its crew would begin carrying restraints on domestic and international flights to be used on unruly passengers as a last resort. A former Air India executive, Jitendra Bhargava, told the Hindu the move was a “misplaced priority”. “To my knowledge, this happens nowhere in the world. Planes are not unsafe for women passengers,” he said. “In case of unruly behaviour, the airline crew are authorised to take action as per the law.”

Source:

Share

Keywords:

Leave a Reply

amsterdam australia bangkok barcelona berlin bratislava brazil brussels budapest cancun china colombo coupon code cuba dublin dusseldorf frankfurt hamburg india italy leipzig london madrid manchester manila mexico milan munich new york oslo paris prague reykjavik rome ryanair spain sri lanka stockholm thailand turkey usa venice vienna warsaw wroclaw

Like us on Facebook

Booking sites

Airlines

Sign up for our Newsletter

Categories