Rude Vistara Staff Asks Deepa Malik to ‘Chill’, Apologises Later

Malik said that the airhostess asked her to ‘chill’ when she called to tell her mother that the flight was delayed.

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Malik was travelling on Vistara’s Mumbai-Delhi flight UK 902 on Tuesday. (Photo: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10209095452876311&amp;set=t.1018422979&amp;type=3&amp;theater">Facebook</a>)

Paralympic silver medalist Deepa Malik has alleged rude behaviour by a cabin crew member of Air Vistara, prompting the airline to issue an apology.

Malik, who was travelling on Vistara's Mumbai-Delhi flight UK 902 on Tuesday when the incident happened, also complained to the airlines about "poor handling" of wheelchair-bound passengers by the airline staff.

In her onboard written complaint to the airline, she alleged that one of the cabin crew members behaved rudely with her when she was informing her mother on the phone that her flight from Mumbai was delayed.

“Crew member Priyanka was very rude in the flight. She told me to speak softly when I called parents to inform them about the delay in flight,” Malik wrote in the complaint. “On objecting, the staff said ‘sweetheart, chill’, plus wheelchair handling is so poor that you do not know how to shift a person from seat to cabin chair. The entire staff stands and looks at each other for 10 minutes. No action.”

She alleged that the cabin crew was not ready to help her reach the cabin seat as they were not trained.

Later, in a series of tweets, she urged the airline to treat physically challenged passengers with dignity.

After Malik, who made country proud by becoming first Indian woman to win a medal in Paralympic Games in Rio last month, went public about her complaint on twitter, Vistara apologised to her and assured her of a thorough probe and necessary action.

(With PTI inputs)

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