The recent discovery of three extra passengers — one ‘adjusted’ in the cockpit and two on cabin crew seats — on an Air India flight has just exposed what has been a routine practice among airlines for years, say industry insiders.
The global policy of allowing cockpit and cabin crew to fly in jump seats of cockpits of full flights has in India been expanded — illegally — over the years to cover spouses and children of senior officials like pilots and engineers.
Former DGCA chief Kanu Gohain recalls instances when a woman was caught travelling in the cockpit of a domestic flight
with her pet dog some years back. About a decade back, a plane flying from Patna to Delhi had an extra passenger ‘adjusted’ in the toilet! More...