Ah, Air India! The airline where a pilot who is caught drunk at work three times still has a job.
Here’s a fun story. An Air India flight between Delhi and Shanghai was delayed for two hours because an employee refused to fly economy. The maintenance engineer was traveling to Shanghai for work, and Air India has a policy where employees are confirmed in economy and get business class seats if available (at least for someone of his rank). Well, business class was full on this flight, which the guy wasn’t happy about.
Per The Economic Times:
The engineer was flying as staff on duty or SOD to Shanghai, where he is on deputation for a brief period, officials at the state-run airline said.
“The engineer was offered a seat in the economy class since the business class was full. He objected to it and insisted on getting a seat in the business class. This delayed the flight,” said an Air India official, who did not want to be identified.
Another official said the engineer’s insistence on flying business class was in violation of regulations. “The rules state that an engineering flying as SOD will get a business class (seat) only if it is vacant,” he said.
It’s bad enough that the employee was misbehaving, but it’s even worse that they allowed the flight to be delayed by two hours over this incident. Isn’t it easy enough to just kick the guy off the flight and call it a day? Unbelievable…