A somewhat intoxicated traveler was removed from his flight after trying to enter the cockpit in order to charge his cell phone.
A lot of carriers these days actually have USB charging ports or even power outlets to charge your cell phone during flight. Since IndiGo, a low-cost airline in India, is flying mostly newer-model Airbuses you’d assume they too would have charging ports in the passenger area.
But then again, maybe this particular passenger was too drunk to notice?
One clearly intoxicated passenger was removed from Flight 395 from Mumbai to Kolkata on September 24th, when he tried to push his way past flight crew and enter the cockpit. The plane was still on the ground awaiting takeoff, and flight crew were able to subdue the passenger until authorities could “escort” him off the plane.
The airline confirmed the incident in a statement to The Guardian of London: “While an IndiGo aircraft was on the ground, an unruly passenger tried to enter the cockpit stating that his mobile need[ed] to be charged.”
After being arrested for security violations, the unidentified 35-year-old man was questioned by local police. They found no ulterior motives for his attempt to enter the cockpit, and it’s now assumed he was just drunk. No charges were filed.
"He was drunk and wanted to charge his mobile phone. So he moved toward the cockpit," an unidentified airport police officer told The Business Standard of India. "Police did not find any offense against him to charge a case."
As India’s economy grows, the country is seeing an emerging middle class that is now seeking family vacations domestically — many for the very first time. While this has led to an expansion of low-cost airlines, it has also caused some friction with first-time flyers unaware of the rules of the air.
One of the biggest rules being you don’t storm the cockpit in a drunken stupor looking for someplace to plug in your cell phone.
The Guardian points out that these incidents are still relatively common in India. In another incident that happened recently, a passenger flying from Delhi to the Bihar state capital of Patna tried to open the rear passenger door while the plane was in the air. A passenger noticed the man and managed to alert flight crew, who stopped the disgruntled passenger.
No word on whether or not alcohol was involved in the incident.