In a first of its kind incident, two Air India crew members have been de-rostered after a bitter fight aboard the Bengaluru-Kolkata flight AI 772, that took place on Monday, June 17, 2019.
The argument between the pilot and one of the crew members turned nasty when the captain allegedly asked the crew member to wash his tiffin box. The argument ensued in front of the passengers after they had boarded the flight. As a result, there was a delay of 77 minutes before the flight could take off.
Sources say that the crew member took offence and it resulted in a heated exchange of words. Finally, other crew members had to intervene to ease the situation. According to sources, the passengers were left shell shocked with the unruly behaviour.
An Air India spokesperson confirmed the incident but on being questioned about the tiffin box incident, the spokesperson said the matter is under investigation.
The airline has issued summons to the crew members for questioning.
The matter has been also been reported to the aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).