Two Air India pilots — Jagan M. Reddy and S. Kiran — who allowed south Indian actor Nithya Menon to travel in the cockpit during a Bangalore-Hyderabad flight last month, were suspended for violating safety norms.
A probe into the incident was initiated on a complaint from a passenger that Ms. Menon was using a seat meant for examiners and observers authorised by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
“Air India management has sent a report to the [Civil Aviation] Ministry. The management acted as per the operations manual,” DGCA chief Arun Mishra told PTI.
The DGCA is conducting a thorough probe into the “flagrant violation of passenger safety norms,” a senior official said. The regulator was considering harsher penalties on the crew in such cases because entry into the cockpit by any outsider has been prohibited since the 9/11 terror strike.