Airline crew suspended for allowing Sonu Nigam's 'concert' in air

Published: February 5, 2016
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Act has been termed as a misuse of the in-flight announcement system. PHOTO: MISSMALINI/FACEBOOK

Act has been termed as a misuse of the in-flight announcement system. PHOTO: MISSMALINI/FACEBOOK

Sonu Nigam’s concert on Jet Airways may have bowled passengers over and left others jealous but Indian aviation regulator was far from impressed and took strict action against it.

Following the incident, Directorate General of Civil Aviation asked the airline to suspend the five air hostesses on board for allowing the singer to use the in-flight intercom, Times of India reported.

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Subsequently, the airline has been warned and directed to ensure this does not happen again in the future.

A statement issued by Jet confirmed the action. “All cabin crew on the flight have been taken off flight duty for enquiry and corrective training to reinforce strict adherence to operating procedures,” read the statement.

The aviation regulatory system has termed the act as a misuse of the in-flight announcement system and is keeping a check on all air hostesses who allow passengers to use the in-flight announcement system.

Upon hearing the news, Sonu told IANS: “I have witnessed an elaborate fashion show in an aircraft. I have heard of small concerts happening in an aircraft. I have seen pilots and crew members cracking humorous jokes to loosen up passengers in other countries, which is so cool.”

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“To suspend crew members for asking me to sing on the address system, when the seat belt signs were off, and no announcements were to be made, is nothing less than punishing someone for spreading happiness,” he wrote.

He called the act “real intolerance” stating that Indians “need to loosen up”. “Pity there’s no one to question such harshness except the media perhaps. Indians, need to loosen up. According to me, this act is a lack of common sense and is real intolerance,” he added.

Twitter saw mixed reactions to the incident.

The in-flight concert took place during a chartered flight from Jodhpur to Mumbai on January 4. Where passengers on board had requested Sonu Nigam to sing.

Reader Comments (7)

  • Parvez
    Feb 5, 2016 - 1:41PM

    D.G Civil Aviation………is a spoilsport.Recommend

  • jay
    Feb 5, 2016 - 3:57PM

    @Parvez:
    you must be from Pakistan hence utter lack of respect for the law ! Recommend

  • Pankaj
    Feb 5, 2016 - 5:07PM

    @jay:
    What was that?Recommend

  • Fawad
    Feb 5, 2016 - 9:04PM

    It is not only misuse of intercom,but also illegal to use announcement system by someone other than crew members. Imagine if crew ask religious figure to give speech on the air, or ask someone to play music, whereasotherwant to sleep. Regardless, everyone wanted to listen using the system for entertainment was illegal.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 6, 2016 - 12:16AM

    @Pankaj: Thank you Pankaj. Recommend

  • Sun Tzu
    Feb 6, 2016 - 12:39AM

    @jay:

    what the….Recommend

  • Raw is War
    Feb 6, 2016 - 8:25AM

    @Fawad:

    This happens on “Haj Flights” of Indian Airlines. Azan is sung over the announcement system. Since it is a religious matter it is halal. Nobody has the guts to object then.Recommend

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