The Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam must have mesmerized the passengers with his impromptu performance when he sang on the plane’s in-flight announcement system. However, the singer’s mid-air singing fiasco didn’t go down well with the authorities of the civil aviation regulator The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Citing as a breach of a rule, the Jet Airways suspended 5 of its cabin crewmembers for displaying reckless behavior.
As per reports, some passengers on a chartered flight from Jodhpur to Mumbai requested singer Sonu Nigam, who was on the same Jet Airways flight, to sing for them. He obliged them by heeding to their requests and sang two of his songs - ‘Panchhi Nadiya’ from ‘Refugee’ and ‘Do pal ruka’ from ‘Veer Zara’.
However, problems started when the videos of his performance went viral on the social media and also coming to the notice of the regulatory authorities, including the DGCA who decided to take a strict action.
“All cabin crew on the flight have been taken off flight duty for enquiry and corrective training to reinforce strict adherence to operating procedures”, the Jet Airways said in a statement.
Nigam spoke to the media calling the crew’s suspension ‘intolerance’ and said he has seen a fashion show in an aircraft, and heard pilots and crew cracking jokes to relax passengers in other countries, which is very cool. The singer informed that in this particular case, the seat belts sign was turned off and no announcement was due, therefore suspending five air hostesses for asking him to sing is nothing less than punishing someone for spreading happiness. He further said authorities are required to loosen up, and suspending the crew members is ‘real intolerance’.