A man on a flight from Mumbai to Kolkata in India was kicked off a plane after he attempted to enter the cockpit as the aircraft prepared to take-off.
It’s believed that the passenger was drunk and has been described as “unruly” on Monday’s flight with low-cost Indian airline IndiGo.
He tried to enter the cockpit and said he needed to charge his phone, which constituted as “security violation,” the carrier has said.
After he disembarked the aircraft, he was questioned by police but eventually released without charge.
“While an IndiGo aircraft was on the ground an unruly passenger tried to enter the cockpit stating that his mobile needs to be charged,” IndiGo said in a statement.
“Following standard operating procedures the captain… initiated the offloading of the passenger on grounds of security violation.”
An airport official told the Press Trust of India news agency that the man was drunk. He is said to be in his mid-thirties.
“He was drunk and wanted to charge his mobile phone. So he moved toward the cockpit,” an unnamed officer at the airport police station told English-language Indian newspaper Business Standard. “Police did not find any offence against him to charge a case.”
The episode is the second such aviation incident in India this week on a domestic flight.
A passenger travelling with GoAir from New Delhi to Patna on Saturday got confused over doors on the aircraft.
He attempted to open the rear exit door mid-air, mistakenly thinking it was the toilet door.
Another passenger spotted his actions and raised the alarm and the man was apprehended by the crew.
He was questioned by authorities on arrival but was later released. According to Indian media reports, he was a first-time flier.
Lost-cost carriers are dramatically expanding in India at the moment as the emerging middle class can increasingly afford to travel.
The airline sector has seen passenger numbers multiply by six in the last ten years.
This has resulted in many novice fliers taking to the skies for the first time who are unaware of the standard conventions of air travel.
Last week a passenger travelling with Lion Air, a low-cost Indonesian airline noticed her boarding pass was not quite right.
Having paid £24.11 for her ticket, her seat was meant to be 35F at the back of the plane. However, she was stunned to see this seat did not exist.
The plane she was travelling on stopped at row 34, meaning she did not have a seat. Instead, the bathroom was where row 35 should have been.
She wasn’t the only one; a family with a young child were also given tickets with seats in row 35.
It later emerged that the plane they were flying on was a smaller model that was originally planned, hence the lack of seats.