On Friday, a passenger on board a Vistara flight was offloaded at the Delhi airport after he insisted that he should be allowed to smoke inside the cabin. This happened while the aircraft was preparing to take off for Kolkata when the ‘unruly’ passenger demanded he needed to smoke, the airline said in a statement.
Subsequently, Vistara flight UK 707 was delayed by over three hours, news agency ANI reported.
Notably, smoking is not allowed inside the aircraft in domestic flights.
A Vistara spokesperson said, “…We had an unruly passenger who insisted on smoking on board. He was issued a warning letter by the captain and later offloaded when he denied to comply with air safety rules. Vistara regrets the delay.”
Apparently, the same aircraft was earlier flying as Vistara flight UK 946 on the Delhi-Amritsar route. The airline also added in its statement that a passenger in that flight asked to be offloaded with his family due to a personal emergency. The Vistara spokesperson said, “As a result of which the aircraft had to return to bay and undergo security re-screening, causing delay in departure.”
After this, the aircraft operated as UK 707 on the Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata route.
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