Air India is once again in trouble. The airline, in a shocking violation of air safety norms, allowed three extra passengers on board a full-loaded flight.
While one woman was accommodated in the cockpit's jump seat behind the pilots, two others were made to sit on foldable seats meant for cabin crew. [CNN-IBN]
I decided to interview an Air India official about this.
Me: "Three extra passengers? How could you do this?"
AI official: "It was easy. We put one passenger in the cockpit and the other two in crew seats."
Me: "But weren't you breaking the rules?"
AI official: "It's really not that bad. At least we didn't make any passenger sit on the pilot's lap. Only the flight attendant did that."
Me: "But wasn't the plane too crowded?"
AI official: "Our planes are not as crowded as trains and buses. If you look outside our planes, you will never see a passenger hanging onto the wing. We are the only airline with a written policy to keep all our passengers inside."
Me: "That's commendable. But people say you are just trying to make money by stuffing passengers onto a plane."
Air India: "It is not a question of making money. It is a question of satisfying our passengers. Perhaps you have heard of our new slogan: 'Air India: We'll find space for you.'"
Me: "That's pretty good, but it reminds me of another slogan: 'Shaadi.com: We'll find spouse for you.'"