Altercation grounds AI official

New Delhi: Air India on Monday said it has suspended a top officer for "indiscipline" after he got into an altercation with a passenger over a business class seat on a domestic flight.

The flight from Delhi to Amritsar was delayed by more than half an hour following the altercation.

In a statement, the national carrier said the officer has been placed under suspension. "On a recent flight from Delhi to Amritsar, a senior commercial officer, who has just returned from a foreign posting, got into a major altercation with a passenger over a business class seat. "The argument over such a trivial issue on a short-duration flight led to the delay of the flight by 33 minutes," it said.

Details about the suspended official and when the incident happened could not be immediately ascertained.

Air India chairman and managing director Pradeep Singh Kharola also issued an advisory urging employees to stick to high disciplinary standards. PTI


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