IndiGo fined Rs 5 lakh for denying boarding to special needs child


oi-Deepika S


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New Delhi, May 28: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the country’s top regulator for air travel has decided to impose a penalty of Rs 5 lakhs on the IndiGo for not allowing a boy with special needs to board a flight from Ranchi.

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Earlier, a probe had found that “the handling of the special child by the Indigo ground staff was deficient and ended up exacerbating the situation”.

“A more compassionate handling would have smoothened the nerves, calmed the child and would have obviated the need for the extreme step resulting in denied boarding to the passengers,” it said in a statement.

“Special situations deserve extraordinary responses but the Airline staff failed to rise up to the occasion and in the process committed lapses in adherence to the letter and spirit of the Civil Aviation Requirements (Regulations),” the statement said, adding that the competent authority has decided to impose a penalty of ₹ 5 lakh on the airline.

The regulator added that to prevent such situations, it shall revisit its regulations and bring about necessary changes.

Story first published: Saturday, May 28, 2022, 16:06 [IST]

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