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New Delhi:"Dangal" actress Zaira Wasim, 17, has alleged she was molested mid-air by a middle-aged man, drawing strong reactions by women rights activists and politicians. The airline apologized and Mumbai Police, which registered an FIR, arrested the accused on Sunday.

The National Award winning Kashmiri actress complained about her ordeal on the flight on Saturday, claiming that a middle-aged man seated behind her moved his foot up and down her neck and back.


In a self-shot video for Instagram live chat, Zaira is also seen breaking down.

"I just landed, the whole irony of this that I yelled... and this is not done... this is not how you should be treated or made to feel. This is terrible.

"This is how they will take care of girls? No one will help us if we don't decide to help ourselves and that is the worst thing," she said, looking visibly disturbed.

Late on Sunday night, the Mumbai Police arrested the accused, identified as Vikas Sachdeva, 39. According to police, Sachedeva, a resident of Andheri, was earlier detained this afternoon and questioned before arrested for molestation and on other charges.

The incident drew wide condemnation.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said she was appalled.

"Any harassment or crime against women should be dealt with swiftly and effectively. As a mother of two daughters, I am appalled at what happened with Zaira," Mufti tweeted and urged the authorities to take strict action.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the passenger should be identified by Air Vistara and a case should be filed.

The Civil Aviation Ministry has sought a report on the incident while the National Commission for Women (NCW) as well as the Delhi and Maharashtra commisions for women urged the actress to approach police.

NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma, Swati Maliwal of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) and Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) Chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar, issued notices to authorities concerned to take due action.

DCW has already sought answers from Vistara Airlines seeking details of the action taken by airlines.

Vistara Airlines apologized to Zaira and said it was carrying out a detailed investigation.

"We will support Wasim in every way required and also if she decides to report this matter to the police... We apologize for what Wasim experienced and we have zero tolerance for such behaviour," read a post on the Airlines' official Twitter page.

From the film industry, director Onir and actress Swara Bhasker came out in support of Zaira, who was also lauded for her performance in "Secret Superstar".

"Shame Vistara that your staff did nothing. Shame on all the passengers, they are equally guilty as this moron. It should not be difficult for airlines to locate him from seat no. He should be arrested and punished," Onir tweeted.

Swara slammed it an "intolerable" incident and said: "We are now at that point where a 17-year-old child has to remind us what is right and what is wrong. I'm so sorry that adults around you let you down, Zaira Wasim. But you keep up the good fight. Stay strong."

Wrestler Babita Phogat tweeted a video in support of Zaira, who played the younger version of Geeta Phogat in "Dangal".

"If someone is misbehaving with you, give a tight slap on their face. They will never dare to repeat their actions again. Zaira, you don't need to be afraid of anyone and just be 'dhaakad' (bold) in real life as well."




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New Delhi: An elderly Indian passenger died of a cardiac arrest while travelling from Frankfurt to Mumbai aboard a Lufthansa flight, official sources said here on Friday.

The passenger, identified as Charanjit Singh Anand, in his mid-60s, passed away on the flight LH-756 which landed here around 1.20 a.m.


In a statement, the airlines said: "Lufthansa can confirm that on flight LH756 from Frankfurt to Mumbai one of its passenger suffered a heart attack. Our feelings are with the family of the passenger."

Anand's body has been sent to the Cooper Hospital for an autopsy and will be handed over to the family later.

The airlines did not disclose whether the passenger was travelling alone, had any prior medical history or about his place of origin.





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NEW DELHI:  Flight operations at Delhi airport were briefly halted on Sunday evening after an Air Asia pilot reported sighting a drone-like flying object, sending security agencies into a tizzy, police said.

Sanjay Bhatia, Deputy Commissioner of Police at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, said the pilot who was flying from Goa to Delhi reported having seen the object near Dwarka area adjoining the airport around 7.10 p.m.


"In this regard, operations at all the three runways were closed as a precautionary measure. At about 7.55 p.m., operations at the three runways resumed normally after clearance from Delhi Police," Bhatia said.

The officer said they were verifying the object.

As per airport sources, as many as 15 flights were diverted and over 20 were delayed within the span of 28 minutes of operational shutdown.

"Some flights which were diverted to Jaipur and Lucknow even took a loop over these airports and flew back to Delhi, once the shutdown was lifted," sources at the airport told IANS.

Delhi airport which caters to more than approximately 1,200 flight movements per day, sees a minimum of 40-50 flight operations per hour.

Meanwhile, AirAsia, in a statement, said: "AirAsia India would like to confirm that the pilots of flight i5 799 from Goa to New Delhi spotted an unidentified object flying close to the aircraft while landing into runway 11 at IGI Airport at New Delhi.

"Our pilots followed normal procedure and carried out an uneventful landing. Upon landing, the pilot reported the incident to Air Traffic Controller as per their reporting procedure that they have been trained for."

"The pilot also informed the airline's Director Flight Operations and Head of Corporate and Flight Safety upon landing. The airline has filed a report with the DGCA," it added.





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Saudia Airlines, Saudi Arabia's national carrier has enforced a strict new dress code for people flying with them. The airline, on its website, requested its guests to 'abide' by the dress code in order to not offend or cause discomfort to other passengers because of their clothes. The diktat on clothes applies to both men and women.


Details of the dress code included 'no clothes too tight or too thin' for women. Women are also barred from wearing clothing that may expose their legs or arms. For men, shorts revealing men's legs were not allowed. The airline said they may remove passengers from the flight if they fail to comply with the dress code.


According to BBC, the former head of tourism of Saudi Arabia told a local newspaper that many airlines across the world have a dress code.


Some passengers were caught unaware of the new dress code and forced to buy clothes at the airport or even cancel their flights.



Women in the Islamic country are, by law, mandated to be fully covered in public, including head and hair. Foreigners, however, aren't required to adhere to the dress code.



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Mumbai/Kochi,:  A Kerala woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy while flying at a height of 35,000 feet on Jet Airways's Dammam-Kochi flight on Sunday morning, officials said. Both mother and child are in "stable condition".

Jet's 9W-569 flight, with 162 passengers on board, was diverted to Mumbai for handling the medical emergency as the 29-year-old C. Jose, who was travelling alone, went into premature labour on Sunday morning when the plane was flying in Pakistan airspace.

The flight crew made an announcement to find out if there was any doctor on board, but there was only a trained paramedic, Mini Wilson, who stepped forward to help.

Jose was shifted to the first class, where Wilson, assisted by cabin crew comprising Mohammad Taj Hayath, Deborah Tavares, Isha Jayakar, Sushmita David, Cathering Lepcha and Tejas Chavan, helped deliver the baby boy safely.

Upon landing, mother and child were rushed to the Holy Spirit Hospital in Andheri east where their condition was reported to be "stable".

Jet Airways announced that being the first baby to be born in flight for the airlines, the kid would get a free lifetime pass for any travel on the carrier.

Jet Airways also informed Jose's family, who are rushing to Mumbai.

After a two-hour halt for the medical emergency, the flight departed for its onward destination to Kochi.

Talking to IANS, Cochin International Airport Ltd. Managing Director V.J. Kurian confirmed the incident, but did not have more details.



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 अगर आप गर्मियों की छुट्टियो में घूमने का प्रोगाम बना रहे हैं और इसके लिए हवाई जहाज टिकट करवाने वाले हैं तो यह खबर आपके लिए बेहद जरुरी हो सकती हैं. जेट एयरवेज ने कुछ चुनिंदा वायु मार्गों पर 1,079 रुपये से किराया शुरू करने की घोषणा की है. कंपनी की वेबसाइट से मिली जानकारी के अनुसार, 24 मई से 26 के बीच ही टिकट बुक करवा सकेंगे.


आपको बता दें कि सीमित समय की इस योजना में इकॉनमी श्रेणी की एक तरफ की यात्रा के लिए घोषित किराये में सबकुछ (कर व शुल्क) शामिल होगा. इस सेल के दौरान ग्राहक इकॉनमी श्रेणी की टिकट को 1,079 रुपये तक के न्यूनतम किराये में बुक कर सकेंगे. इस कीमत में सभी प्रकार के टैक्स शामिल हैं.




यह योजना कुछ विशेष वायुमार्गों पर ही लागू होगी. कंपनी ने कहा कि इससे ग्राहकों को मॉनसून में अपनी यात्रा तय करने की सुविधा मिलेगी. इस योजना के टिकट कल से बुक कराए जा सकेंगे. यह सेल सिर्फ तीन दिन तक रहेगी और यात्री इस सेवा के तहत 15 जून से 20 सितंबर के बीच यात्रा कर सकेंगे.




इसके अलावा कंपनी की इस ऑफर को लेकर जो सभी शर्तें आदि लागू हैं, उन्हें जानने के लिए आप इस लिंक पर क्लिक कर अधिक जानकारी ले सकते हैं.




In US an Indian-origin man has claimed that the United Airlines cancelled his flight reservation because the man filmed an employee during an altercation, the latest public relations headache for the under fire airline.

The Indian-origin man, Nayang Oza who is 37 years old was refused to entry on a flight to the West Coast after he started recording his experience on his mobile phone.


Nayang Oza on KNTV quoted by saying that, on Monday he was checking for a flight for home to San Francisco from New Orleans when Nayang Oza complained to a United Airlines agent about a USD 300 charge for his luggage. Nayang Oza paid the USD 125 to check the same bag on the first leg of his trip.


Explanation was unable, Nayang Oza decided to do what any frustrated passenger may have done and film the dispute, he said.


An unedited clip of the lengthy interaction posted by Nayang Oza with the ticket counter worker in New Orleans.

United Can't believe you tried to charge me $300+ for the same bag that I bought on my trip that you originally only charged $125 as I understand it was over the 50lb weight limit. The worse part is that when I started recording, the lady at the check in got upset and called cops and had me kicked out of the airport. This happened at NOLA airport and when the cops got there they said I was drunk when I only had 2 beers before getting to the airport with my colleagues from work. I have the entire incident recorded and now have to book a flight that will cost me over $550 just to get back home on American Airlines last minute. I was even willing to pay the $300 or more fee as this was a work trip and my company would reimburse me but when I started recording on my iPhone the lady at the count got very mad and called the cops who kicked out of the airport and told me to leave or I'd be arrested. I personally feel like I did nothing wrong and was kicked out only because I started recording the lady as she was being rude and I asked to speak to the manager as to why I had to pay more than what they charged me on my flight from SFO to NOLA.I know it's a very long video ~13mins but feel like I need to share this with everyone as I really don't feel like I did anything wrong and the lady at the counter was just being rude and not willing to help me as I inquired why it was costing more than what I paid on my way from SFO to NOLA.

Posted by Navang Oza on Saturday, May 6, 2017

The video begins with the agent pointing out her finger towards Nayang Oza, saying that, "You did not have my permission to videotape". Next, she appears to instruct an agent to her left. "Cancel the reservation."


Nayang Oza said, ‘I want to know why.’


The agent said, ‘Because you did not have my permission.’


Nayang Oza said, "I was shocked because I didn't know she had the right to cancel my flight because I started recording."
After ordering about a minute after his trip cancelled for taping the agent, as the United Agent is seen recording Nayang Oza.


The agent said while pointing her smart phone at Nayang Oza, "I'll do the same thing."


Eventually the agent called the Airport Police, as said by Nayang Oza. Nayang Oza was still rolling when an officer appeared.


The Nayang Oza asks the officer, "Can I at least keep this recording?" for which the officer replied, "Sir, you have the right to do whatever you want; it's a public space".
Nayang Oza who is a California resident said that ultimately he re-booked his flight on a different Airline.


It was an investigating the incident United told the News Nation.

The United in a statement said that, "The video does not reflect the positive customer experience we strive to offer, and for that we apologise. We are reviewing this situation, including talking with Nayang Oza and our employees to better understand what happened."

In a recent weeks the United has faced a series of scandals, which includes the violent removal of passenger David Dao, he sustained injuries from being dragged off an overbooked flight.


Also this week, a Missouri woman claimed that a United staff told the woman to urinate in a cup rather than leave her seat to use the restroom on a flight from Houston. The claim has been denied by the airline.

Ravindra Gaikwad, the Shiv Sena parliamentarian who assaulted an Air India manager on a plane, has forged an epochal moment for India. For the first time ever, rules are being announced for a "no-fly" list that will prevent passengers with a record of unruliness from boarding a flight.

To qualify for the no-fly list, passengers should have either created problems on either a flight or at an airport; any disruption to what's considered "a normal flying process" will be considered an offense. Existing rules authorize airlines to bar a person at the time of boarding if a passenger's conduct has been disruptive or threatened the security of co-passengers or the flight.

The new proposal will be announced today by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who famously reprimanded Mr Gaikwad in parliament in April for his behavior, which sent another Sena leader charging towards him. Violence was averted - but just barely.

Airlines will consult with aviation regulator DGCA to further develop the guidelines and to add a person to the no-fly list, the regulator's approval will be mandatory.

Once on the no-fly list, a passenger will not be able to book or buy a plane ticket. Mr Gaikwad, who beat a 63-year-old Air India manager with his slipper 25 times by his own admission, was banned by airlines which cancelled several tickets that he reserved after the assault.

The new rules however will provide for a fixed period for the ban on a passenger who will have the right to appeal. The no-fly list will be public, and sources said airlines may be allowed to ask for passengers to voluntarily disclose their Aadhaar numbers when they buy tickets - that would allow for members of the no-fly list to be identified by their Aadhaar or unique identification ID.

"If some person misbehaves, it won't be the airlines who will decide whether he/she gets on the no fly list but the DGCA. If someone is added to the no-fly list it won't be all over for them. To ensure fair play, the no-fly list will have a redressal mechanism. Those who feel they have been wrongly added can approach the appellate authority," explained a senior official.

Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched UDAN, it is a scheme to help people to fly cheap to small towns. PM Narendra Modi said after Jubbarhatti flight flag off ‘Air travel is now just for the rich, I want air travel to be for all.’ Jubbarhati airport is on the outskirts of Shimla. ‘Ude desh ka aam naagrik’ is UDAN stands for, which mean ‘the common man flies.’ In June last year, with the aviation being regarded as a sunrise sector, it became the center piece of India’s for national aviation policy which was launched. It was announced four years later, UDAN connects small towns with big cities. Rs. 2,500 is the lowest Airfare.

10 Points in this story are:-

1) The Shimla-Delhi sector, Kadapa-Hyderabad and the Nanded-Hyderabad sector, are the three flights flagged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM Narendra Modi said, "My dream was to see a person who wears a hawai chappal (slipper) to fly on the hawai jahaz (aeroplane)," underscoring the burden on keeping fares affordable.

2) Prime Minister’s office said, ‘the airfare for a one-hour journey of 500 km has been capped at Rs. 2,500, which will be inclusive all. As it is announced in a launch of series of tweets.

3) The price may vary for the longer routes and flight durations. About 9 to 40 seats can be booked in a flight by a single person.

4) The flight service will be operated by five companies on 128 routes that will connect 70 airports across the country, under the scheme. Spicejet, Air Odisha, Air India, Air Deccan and Turbo Megha will operate.

5) The 50% cheap tickets have to be blocked by the airlines. The rest will be sold at the market rates. The airlines are not happy with the arrangements.

6) The PMO tweeted, "To make air travel accessible to citizens in regionally important areas, the 'Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik' RCS (regional connectivity scheme) was launched in October, 2016."

7) The Government has planned to connect 4 airports in various Tier-II cities with metros as to boost regional connectivity. Due to low demand many flight have been disconnected.

8) Last year out of 44 airports the Government had identified 22 which were flight ready. Which includes, Bhavnagar, Bhatinda, Gwalior, Durgapur and Jaisalmer.

9) The tricky negotiations were carried out by Union Aviation minister Ashok Gajapati Raju. The state governments had to be brought on board for the scheme.

10) PM Narendra Modi also rally at the historic Ridge Maidan, while in Shimla. In Shimla PM Narendra Modi’s first visit after he became PM. In Mandi he addressed a BJP party rally.

An committed couple were eliminated from a United Airlines flight to Costa Rica on Saturday, as the airline remained under scrutiny following outrage caused by a video last week of a passenger being effectively removed from a flight.

According to the twain, who said they were bound to get married, a federal marshal had escorted them from the plane before take-off from Houston, Texas, but United refused this on Sunday, saying in a statement that neither a marshal nor other authorities was muddled.

The couple "repeatedly attempted to sit in upgraded seating which they did not purchase and they would not follow crew instructions to return to their assigned seats," United said in a proclamation, adding "They were asked to leave the plane by our staff and complied.

The statement from a United spokeswoman said the airline provided the couple a deducted hotel rate for the night, and rebooked them on a Sunday morning flight.

But Michael Hohl and his fianc, Amber Maxwell, told KHOU they tried to pay for upgraded seating and were denied, after finding another passenger sleeping across their seats when they were the last to board.

After moving within the economy cabin a few rows up, flight crew denied their request to pay a supplement for the seats, which United sells as "economy plus", and told them to move back to their original seats, Hohl said.