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Minister Apologizes For Punching Jet Airways Pilot  
User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2865 times:

The Cabinet level Labor Minister of the Indian Government has apologized to Jet Airways for an incident last month where he allegedly punched a pilot in protest against a flight delay.

The incident occured last month after Sahib Singh Verma boarded a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Delhi. Due to poor visibility at Delhi, the pilot made a decision to delay departure which did not please the minister.

Verma reportedly abused and struck a Flight Attendant to express his displeasure, causing her to run to the cockpit for safety. When the pilot emerged from the cockpit, he too was reportedly punched in the face by Verma who demanded that the aircraft leave for Delhi immediately.

When it became obvious that the pilot would not comply, Verma used his mobile phone to summon a catering truck and exited the aircraft via that means. He later took an Indian Airlines flight to Delhi.

Jet Airways initially apologized to Verma for the actions of the crew and placed all crew members involved on indefinite suspension without pay for bringing the airline into disrepute. However, the personal intervention of the Prime Minister following a public outcry forced Verma to issue an apology to the airline and reinstate the employees.

This is not the first time that Verma has had a run in with Jet Airways. Last year, he arrived late at Mumbai airport for a flight to Bhuj and created a scene when informed that the flight had left without him. The airline subsequently operated a special extra section to accomodate his party. On another occasion, he allegedly slapped a flight attendant because he was not satisfied with the inflight meal.

[Edited 2003-04-04 10:45:00]

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User currently offlineEGFF From UK - Wales, joined Sep 2001, 2201 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2836 times:

Let's hope i never catch a flight with him on because he wouldn't be slapping women when im around i can tell you

All together or not at all
User currently offlineD-AIGW From Hong Kong, joined Jul 2001, 261 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2777 times:

Last time I checked after 911, anyone who attacked an aircraft crew (pilot or F/A) would get themselves in deep sh_t.

User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2751 times:

"after 911, anyone who attacked an aircraft crew (pilot or F/A) would get themselves in deep sh_t"

Before September 11th anyone who attacked a member of our flight crew would find themselves in deep sh*t. Nothing has changed, violence or verbal abuse of crewmembers is not tolerated and the full extent of the law is always brought to bear on the perpetrators of such acts, in our airline at least.

It is thoroughly unforgivable under any circumstances.

I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineAcvitale From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 922 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2735 times:

As is obvious by the story the normal rules do not apply when you are a cabinet level minister with control of more than you should have.

Ran an extra section flight, Punched ground crew, flight crew and cabin crew and the airline suspended without pay the employees.

Frankly it reaks of Doc Tweed mentality. I assume he has a level of direct control through his position of the future of Jet Airways and that he is one self important SOB

User currently offlineUnique From Switzerland, joined Mar 2003, 1703 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2728 times:

It makes me angry that the airline gave in, apologised for the captains decision and suspended the crew involved!
Even though he is a minister and just why he is a minister, he should know how to behave! What an a**hole!  Pissed
Apart from that jerk, the airline management should be suspended! How can an airline question a pilot's decision made based on safety issues (fog in DEL is really bad at times) probably well documented?
I'll definitely try to avoid travelling on Jet Airways!

User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2665 times:

Nauseating ministerial behavior is nothing new in India. In 1979, my family and I were on an Air India flight to London which made a scheduled stop in Kuwait. Raj Narayan, a rather buffonish minister was on board. This dolt delayed the flight in Kuwait for 2 hours because he went duty free shopping (at a time when the import of foreign goods into India was hit with a gigantic customs fee). During taxi for take-off, the minister demanded to be fed and created a tantrum on board. Then he disliked the meal and threw it into the aisle and grabbed the 'palav' of the Airhostess's saree. My Mom couldn't bear it any longer and gave him a piece of her mind to which he insulted her for wearing a pant suit. This went on for awhile. The crew on AI were pretty helpless in the face of such ministerial misbehavior. After that we flew PanAm.

User currently offlineUnited777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2538 times:

lol-sounds like a Indian minister to me. He should be banned for JW fights.

User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16525 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2534 times:

Apologize? That's it? No resignation?

He should resign asap from the government. Jet AW should also ban him for life.

I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
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