A Vistara flight. Picture for illustrative purposes only.


Woman on UAE-India flight ‘tied to seat’ after attacking cabin crew

An Italian woman was reportedly tied to her seat after allegedly attacking cabin crew on an Abu Dhabi flight to Mumbai, according to reports on Tuesday (January 31).

The passenger had flown out of the UAE capital on a Vistara flight to India when the incident occurred. She was arrested upon arrival at the Mumbai Airport. A senior Mumbai police official said the woman was “booked for misbehaving”.

According to reports, the incident happened after she was told to leave a business class seat on the flight. She had booked a seat in economy.

She was accused of punching a crew member and spitting at another. According to the Times of India, the woman was also accused of removing her clothes and littering the plane.

“In view of continued unruly conduct and violent behaviour, the captain issued a warning card and made a decision to restrain the customer,” a Vistara representative said.

The woman’s lawyer has denied the allegations, and called them a “false story”. In an interview with the BBC, the lawyer said the woman was uncomfortable in her seat and asked to move to business class. The lawyer confirmed that the woman was tied up following an altercation with the cabin crew. The case has been referred to the court, police said. ICA/Expat Media

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