The airline responded that the charges are only towards preferred seat selection and passengers can choose any of the free seats online, subject to availability or opt for auto-seat assignment, which is also free.
A cabin crew member of the flight had filed a complaint with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) about the pilot allowing a female friend into the cockpit. The incident happened on February 27.
The incident happened on a Dubai-Delhi flight on February 27.
The airline has reported the incident to the Air Traffic Control (ATC) at the IGI airport.
On January 20 and 24, the watchdog penalised Air India for reporting lapses related to incidents of unruly passenger behaviour onboard two international flights last year.
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This is the second time in less than a week that the watchdog has taken enforcement action against the airline in connection with unruly passenger behaviour.
The incident happened on an Air India flight from New York to Delhi on November 26, 2022.
The airline confirmed the incident from last month, but has yet to reveal the identity of the accused.
The airline has been given two weeks time to respond to the show cause notice and based on the response, further action will be initiated.