Airline passenger faces two years in jail after he 'ignored orders to stop recording video of female flight attendants'

Airline passenger faces two years in jail after he 'ignored orders to stop recording video of female flight attendants'

Originally published by The Daily Mail, April 22, 2016

An airline passenger could be sent to jail for up to two years if convicted after he allegedly recorded video of cabin crew members as they carried out her duties on board a cross-country flight in India.

The incident occurred on a low-cost IndiGo flight from Kolkata to Mumbai while employees were serving drinks and snacks to passengers.

Witnesses said a man allegedly ignored orders to stop after he was caught recording video of female flight attendants.

A fellow passenger tipped off cabin crew after noticing a man shooting video of cabin crew and the plane’s interior, a spokesperson for the budget airline told the Hindustan Times.

A report in the Indian Express stated that flight attendants asked the man and his travel companions to stop and then alerted the captain after he refused to put his mobile phone away.

A crew member confiscated their phones, the Indian Express reported.

Police removed the group from the Airbus A320 when it landed in Mumbai yesterday, but only one of the three was arrested.

Pankaj Pawar, a police official, told the Hindustan Times that the man was shooting video on his own and his travel companions were not involved.

A spokesperson for IndiGo told the newspaper: “On IndiGo flight 6E 326 from Kolkata to Mumbai, some passengers started capturing video of the cabin crew mid-air.

‘One of the other passengers informed the crew that they were being videographed. The captain was informed about the incident.
‘On arrival, the security staff handed over the three passengers to the airport police. The safety of our passengers and crew is of utmost importance and there is no compromise towards safety.’

The Indian Express said the 38-year-old man, from Bangladesh, was arrested under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Indian Penal Code.

A conviction carries a maximum jail sentence of two years and/or a fine.

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