Un­ruly flier rolls out emer­gency exit door, in­jures co-pas­sen­ger

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Soub­hik Mi­tra soub­hik.mi­tra@hin­dus­tan­times.com

An IndiGo Air­lines pas­sen­ger was hurt on-board a Chandigarh-bound flight on Fri­day af­ter a co-pas­sen­ger in­ad­ver­tently rolled out the air­craft’s emer­gency chutes, spark­ing a safety scare. The in­flated es­cape chutes are nor­mally de­ployed by the crew dur­ing fire evac­u­a­tions. A Mumbai air­port of­fi­cial con­firmed the in­ci­dent. “The in­ci­dent took place at 11 am. It led to the packed flight be­ing held up for nearly two hours,” said the of­fi­cial.

There were 176 pas­sen­gers on-board. “IndiGo con­firms the un­ruly pas­sen­ger be­hav­iour re­ported on flight 6E 4134 from Mumbai to Chandigarh, this morn­ing. Just af­ter board­ing was com­pleted and the air­craft was sta­tion­ary, a pas­sen­ger seated on 12C sud­denly opened the emer­gency exit door and in­flated the slide. IndiGo staff im­me­di­ately alerted the cap­tain-in-com­mand. In the process, a pas­sen­ger seated on 12A was bruised,” said an IndiGo spokesper­son. “The flier was handed over to se­cu­rity staff and the CISF at the Mumbai air­port,” the spokesper­son added.

“Any un­to­ward be­hav­iour that com­pro­mises the safety of our pas­sen­gers, crew or the air­craft is of se­ri­ous con­cern. IndiGo has filed a com­plaint against this pas­sen­ger. This mat­ter is now with the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties. We re­gret the in­con­ve­nience caused to other pas­sen­gers,” said the spokesper­son.

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