He Wanted to Charge His Phone. In the Plane's Cockpit

The man on the IndiGo flight was 'offloaded'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2018 9:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's a story that forces Business Standard to state the obvious: "Passengers are prohibited from entering the cockpit of a commercial flight." But what's obvious to most apparently wasn't to one man "offloaded" from a plane in India on Monday after police and airline officials say he tried to bust into the cockpit to charge his cellphone, Sky News reports. An IndiGo spokesperson says the "unruly" passenger, who was also believed to be drunk, caused the ruckus as the plane was getting ready to take off from Mumbai on its flight to Calcutta.

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The man, said to be around 35, was removed from the plane "on the grounds of a security violation," per the airline rep, and was questioned by local police, then released with no charges. Sky notes another problem passenger in India this week, one on a GoAir flight from New Delhi who tried to pull open his plane's rear door, apparently thinking he was entering the lavatory. That man was removed from the plane upon landing in Patna and taken away by police. AFP notes that more people have been flying in India in the past few years due to less-expensive fares and better connection options, leading to more first-time fliers who may be prone to do things like … this. (Read more India stories.)

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