DGCA cites series of violations during Sonu Nigam’s mid-air concert

New Delhi, Feb. 5 (ANI): The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday cited a series of violations that took place during singer Sonu Nigam’s concert on Jet Airways in justification of its order to the airline to suspend the five air hostesses on board for allowing the singer to use the in-flight intercom.

DGCA sources said the in-flight intercom was used for song, which is a violation of set procedures; the forward galley was unattended; the aircraft was descending due to a large number of passengers standing in the aisle area; the passengers could have been hurt in case of clear weather turbulence; and the crew was not aware of the cabin activity.

Speaking to ANI, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Culture and Tourism and Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said certain norms and protocols have to be maintained by anyone of us, and he is happy that Jet Airways has taken initiative on the issue.

“The laid down specific protocols need to be followed, because the mic system has to be used by the authorised staff or the captain only. Use of it by any artiste, individually I am not against it, but protocol should have been maintained, because there is then no limit of violating the protocol,” he said.

“This is the beginning, and it needs to be ended at this stage only. I am happy that Jet Airways has taken initiative on the issue,” the minister added.

Jet Airways on Friday suspended their five crew in this connection.

On January 4, passengers on a Jet Airways chartered plane requested Nigam to sing for them. Nigam obliged and sang two popular songs from flight’s address system.

However, this did not go down too well with the DGCA, after a video of Nigam’s mid-air concert was posted by some passengers on social media.

The Jet Airways said in its a statement that the flight announcement system was allegedly misused and a corrective training to reinforce strict adherence to operating procedure would be given to the plane’s staff.

Playback singer Sonu Nigam, however, lashed out Jet Airways for suspending the crew members, said that the entire incident reeked of ‘intolerance’.

“I have witnessed an elaborate fashion show in an aircraft. I have heard of small concerts happening in an aircraft. I have seen Pilots and Crew Members cracking humorous jokes to loosen up passengers in other countries, which is so cool,” Nigam said in a statement.

A peeved Nigam added that punishing someone for ‘spreading happiness’ by suspending crew members for asking him to sing on the address system, when the seat belt signs were off, and no announcements were to be made, was uncalled for.

“This act of lack of common sense, according to me, is real intolerance,” the statement added. (ANI)

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