NEW DELHI, Sept 11 (Reuters) - India's airline regulator on
Friday asked IndiGo, the country's largest airline, to
take action against passengers that broke flying rules while
chasing a Bollywood actress onboard an aircraft, a government
official told Reuters.
Actress Kangana Ranaut, who has been in the limelight lately
due to a tussle with the ruling political party in the western
state of Maharashtra, was traveling from the northern city of
Chandigarh to Mumbai on Wednesday on an IndiGo flight.
In a video posted on social media by local news website The
Quint, television news reporters are seen towering over each
other and jostling with other passengers in an attempt to record
videos and take pictures of Ranaut while the airline crew is
heard making announcements asking passengers to take their seat
and follow the rules.
An official at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation
(DGCA), India's air safety watchdog, said there were multiple
violations including photography on board and violation of
"There are multiple issues ... We have asked the airline to
take appropriate action against those responsible," the official
said, adding that certain actions fell within the purview of
unruly behavior on board.
According to Indian aviation rules unruly passengers can be
barred from flying for a period of time.
In a statement on Friday, IndiGo Airlines said it had
submitted a report to the DGCA on the incident and that its crew
had tried its best to stop passengers from breaking rules.
"We would like to reiterate that our cabin crew, as well as
the captain followed all the requisite protocols, including
announcements to restrict photography, follow social distancing
and maintain overall safety," the IndiGo statement said.