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AI crew member slaps colleague for ‘mistakenly’ serving non-veg food to passenger

SNS | New Delhi |

An Air India (AI) junior crew member was allegedly slapped by a cabin crew supervisor for serving non-vegetarian food to a vegetarian passenger on board a Frankfurt-bound flight from New Delhi, according to airline officials.

The incident took place on 17 March.

The cabin attendant “by mistake” served non-vegetarian food instead of vegetarian food to a passenger in the business class of its New Delhi-Frankfurt flight. The passenger pointed out the mistake to the cabin supervisor but did not file any complaint, a source said.

However, when being made aware of her mistake, the attendant apologised to the passenger and replaced the meal.

Later, the cabin crew supervisor took up the issue with the junior colleague/flight attendant and slapped her for the mistake, the source claimed.

The junior colleague did not retaliate but later filed a complaint with Air India’s inflight service department over the incident, the source said.

An Air India spokesperson said that carrier’s inflight service department has launched an internal probe into the incident.

“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.

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