NEW DELHI — Friendly skies? Not so much these days, with United Airlines’ dragging incident still dominating headlines around the world. Now another airline has just announced that it will start fining unruly passengers should their behaviour result in flight delays.
According to TravelTalk, Air India’s new fines depend on how long the delay is. If a passenger causes a delay of up to one hour, they’ll be fined five lakh rupees (around US$7,500). A delay of one to two hours will cost passengers a steep 10 lakh rupees (over $15,000), while delays of more than two hours will result in a fine of 15 lakh rupees (over $23,000).
The Times of India reports that these fines aren’t meant to recoup lost profits due to delays but rather deter passengers from acting out in the first place.
To implement these fines, Air India employees will have to follow strict protocol, which includes filing a police complaint under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.