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An Air India cabin crew member allegedly slapped her junior colleague for serving non-vegetarian food to a vegetarian passenger on board a Frankfurt-bound flight from New Delhi, according to airline officials.
An Air India spokesperson said that an internal probe into the incident, which took place on March 17, has been launched by the carrier’s in-flight service department.
The incident happened onboard AI flight 121 after an hour from departure from Delhi when a flight attendant served the wrong meal. The passenger pointed out the mistake to the cabin supervisor but did not file any complaint, a source said.
However, the cabin crew supervisor later took up the issue again with the flight attendant and this time even slapped her for the mistake, the source claimed.
The junior colleague did not retaliate but later filed a complaint with Air India’s in-flight service department over the incident, the source said.
“We have received a complaint from the cabin crew of the flight AI 121 ( New Delhi-Frankfurt). An internal inquiry has been set up to investigate the allegations in the complaint,” the Air India spokesperson said.
The incident comes close to a year after the much talked about March 23 slapgate when Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad kicked, punched and abused an Air India ground staffer in Delhi, only to find himself make history as the first passenger to be ever unanimously banned by all airlines.
(With inputs from PTI)