Singer Sonu Nigam delighted the airplane audiences when he crooned a song on the intercom of the Jet airways flight during his recent January travel. But this is certainly not good news for the crew aboard the flight as they “encouraged frivolous activities” during fly time, say the authorities.
The Jet airways crew are in trouble it seems and all because they permitted singer Sonu Nigam to hold the intercom and sing a few verses into it , on the insistence of the passengers. The six cabin crew, the cockpit members allowed the singer to sing when he was aboard the “Jodhpur Mumbai flight” in January, and sadly they have been laid off duties as a punishment for this “irresponsible action”.
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, claimed, that investigations had been made regarding the incident and the members have been taken “off flying duty” after confirmation of the singing action. The crew members have been handed over serious warning letters and the in-charge of the cabin crew has been suspended for about 15 days, because the Aviation authorities feel that the passenger safety was compromised in this manner.
The announcement was made in the Rajya Sabha during supplementaries posed in Question Hour, and Ashok Gajapathi Raju stated, “It is not as if no action is being taken and, definitely, frivolous activities will not be encouraged.The public address system in aircraft is basically meant to reach out information of all kinds to the passengers. Safety and security will never be compromised and if there are aberrations, they will be attended to as per the rules and regulations.”
The Minister stated such incidents do take place but the security and safety of the passengers is paramount. If there is any violation of the rules then the erring staff has to be suspended from duty for a certain time period by the
Sonu Nigam ended up using the Public address system on the “Jodhpur Mumbai” flight to entertain the passengers, and this landed the flight personnel into a soup as they are facing disciplinary action.
Taking about the absence of the utilization of the Public Address systems at the airports, Mr. Raju has claimed “in congested airports, there is a problem as they have to be silent airports. Otherwise, it will become a cacophony, and the world over, such practices are there in congested airports. So we are following the same system.”