Bollywood star’s in-flight performance grounds crew
Five crew members working for India's Jet Airways have been grounded after they allowed a Bollywood singer to perform over the in-flight PA system.
The decision by the airline has prompted a social media backlash, but the airline has insisted that an investigation and further training regarding flight safety is necessary.
The temporary suspension of the flight crew comes after Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam was recorded in a video giving an impromptu performance to other passengers.
The video was uploaded to YouTube and went viral, prompting an investigation by authorities.
"All cabin crew on the flight have been taken off flight duty for enquiry and corrective training to reinforce strict adherence to operating procedures," a Jet Airways spokesman confirmed in a statement.
The incident occurred during a chartered flight from the western city of Jodhpur to Mumbai on January 4th.
Following its own investigation, government officials asked the airline to take action against the cabin crew for violating regulations and misusing the in-flight announcement system.
This is not the first time an Indian airline has cracked down on alleged inappropriate behaviour. In 2014, Spice Jet, another private airline, suspended cabin crew and two pilots after staff were filmed dancing during a flight to celebrate the Hindu festival Holi.