IndiGo Fined Rs 1.20 Crore After Viral Video Showing Passengers Eating on Tarmac

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation also imposed a fine of Rs 30 lakh on IndiGo, along with other airlines.

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Amid chaos over flight cancellations due to fog, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) on Wednesday, 17 January, has imposed a hefty fine of Rs 1.20 crore on IndiGo airline.

Wait, why? The Rs 1.20 crore fine was levied on the airline in connection with a recent viral video that showed IndiGo passengers sitting near their flight on the tarmac at Mumbai airport and eating dinner that was distributed to them.

Fines galore: India's aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), also imposed a fine of Rs 30 lakh on IndiGo, according to news agency ANI.

  • A Rs 30 lakh fine each was imposed on Air India and SpiceJet for lapses in rostering pilots to operate flights in low visibility conditions.

  • A Rs 60 lakh fine was imposed by BCAS on Mumbai airport operator MIAL, PTI reported.

  • Additionally, a Rs 30 lakh fine was imposed on MIAL by DGCA.


The story so far: This week, the woes of passengers wanting to catch a flight from or to Delhi have dominated social media platforms.

  • There have been delays, disruptions, cancellations, and passengers lashing out at airlines for the chaos and the lack of communication and compensation.

  • The primary reason behind major disruptions in flight operations at key airports across India is the "unprecedented" and dense fog that has enveloped Delhi.

Know more: It appears that IndiGo has borne the brunt of the ensuing chaos.

  • On Sunday, 14 January, a passenger on board an IndiGo flight from Delhi to Goa was seen assaulting one of the aircraft's pilots in a viral video.

  • The passenger, Sahil Kataria, was arrested after a complaint by IndiGo.

  • He was later released on bail.

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