The flight attendant says that she was touched by the defendant “more than once.”
The indian authorities are investigating a reported sexual harassment incidents on board a Vistara flight with a female flight attendant alleged that she was attacked by a 62-year-old male passenger.
On March 24, Vistara flight UK 997 departing Lucknow, in Central India, landed at New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport. As passengers began to deplane at Terminal 3, the flight attendant says that she “was touched by the defendant more than one time” and “some passengers also saw this disgraceful act,” the Times of India reported.
After informing her seniors, a report was filed against the man for sexual harassment and he was arrested, according to the outlet.
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The suspect may be the first person to be placed on a recently enforced no-fly list, so he is grounded for up to three months for the “wild gestures,” and to six months for inappropriate touching, the Times reports.
However, the decision by an airline of the no-fly list is not required on other carriers.
A Vistara spokesperson confirmed the incident on Fox News with the following statement.
“A member of our cabin crew operating flight number UK 997 from Lucknow to Delhi on March 24, 2018, reported an incident of sexual harassment by a passenger. Vistara will not tolerate any unlawful or improper behaviour of the passengers, that puts the safety of its staff and other customers at risk, or compromises their dignity,” they said. “We have reported the matter to the police and other relevant authorities. A FIR is registered and investigation is. We are fully committed to our cooperation to the authorities.”
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This is the second time in the last few months that sexual harassment allegations have bubbled up against the airline. In December 2017, Bollywood actress Zaira Wasim claimed that a co-passenger abused her aboard a flight from New Delhi to Mumbai, IBT reports.
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