When Bollywood playback singer Sonu Nigam broke into an impromptu performance on a Jet Airways flights a couple of weeks ago, little did he know that it would have so many repercussions.
At first, social media gave a giant thumbs up to the popular singer, who entertained passengers on board a chartered flight from Jodhpur to Mumbai on 4 January by taking control of the in-flight intercom and singing Bollywood numbers.
But later, to the horror of many, Jet Airways suspended five crew members who allowed Nigam to use the plane's address system to sing. In a statement Jet Airways said: "All cabin crew on the flight have been taken off flight duty for enquiry and corrective training to reinforce strict adherence to operating procedures."
Twitter, while supporting Nigam and condemning Jet Airways, did find something to laugh about.
Twitter users showed off their sense of humour and knowledge of Bollywood numbers with tweets of scenarios in which Nigam responds with song to the standard scripts of flight attendants.
Here are a few examples:
*Flight suffers internal turbulence*— Nayan Singh (@ErNayansingh) February 5, 2016
Air hostess: Sir, are you all right ?
Sonu Nigam : Abhi mujhme kahi baaki thodi si hai zindangiii
Air hostess - Sir, here is your luggage.. Kuch kehna h?— Bachelor! (@Viratian05) February 5, 2016
Sonu nigam - Agar main kahun mujhe tumse mohhabt h..
A.h. - Plz suspend me
Air Hostess: Vimaan crash hone wala hai, sabhi yaatri Bhagwan se prarthana karein— Youngistan Speaks (@HindustanSpeaks) February 5, 2016
Sonu nigam : Bhagwan hai kahan re tu..
Airhostess Sonu Nigam: "Kripya apne window shades ko khula rakhe kyuki suraj hua maddham, chaand jalne laga"— CS (@chin80) February 5, 2016
Air hostess Sonu Nigam Goodbye announcement "Hum asha karte hai ki aapki yatra sukhad rahi ho hume yaadon main rakhna kabhi alvida naa kehna— CS (@chin80) February 5, 2016
[On flight, some one pressed button for Air Hostess]— Ted Mosambi. (@Confused_Chora) February 5, 2016
Sonu Nigam: Sandese aate hain, hame tadpate hain.
[On a Flight]— Pranav (@pranavsapra) February 5, 2016
*presses button for air hostess*
Sonu Nigam: kiska hai yeh tumko, intezaar mein hoon naa! pic.twitter.com/hKlQ42AaLT
Twitter user Akshar Pathak of Minimal Bollywood Posters let his creative side loose with tweets such as:
Airhostess Sonu Nigam: "Jet Airways par aapka swagat hai. Main is vimaan ki mukhya karmacharika hu ab mujhe raat din tumhara hi khayal hai"— Akshar (@AksharPathak) February 5, 2016
Airhostess Sonu Nigam: "Tray table bandh kar lein. Kursi ki peti baandh lein. Toilet jaane nahi denge tujhe. Jaane tujhe, denge nahi."— Akshar (@AksharPathak) February 5, 2016
Airhostess Sonu Nigam: "Cabin me hawa ke dabaav me kami hone par mere haath mein, tera haath ho. Saari jannatein, tere saath ho."— Akshar (@AksharPathak) February 5, 2016
Airhostess Sonu Nigam: "Kripya dhyan dein. Aapatkaleen stithi me vimaan ke pichle bhaag mein do dwaar mil rahein hain, magar chupke chupke."— Akshar (@AksharPathak) February 5, 2016
Airhostess Sonu Nigam: "Bangalore me apka swagat hai. Iss waqt bahar ka tapmaan 18º celcius hai kyunki suraj hua maddhamm chand jalne laga."— Akshar (@AksharPathak) February 5, 2016
According to media reports this is not the first time that an Indian airline has got into trouble for allowing singing or dancing in a flight. A couple of years ago, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had issued a show-cause notice to SpiceJet, asking why its licence should not be suspended, after a video of the cabin crew on a Goa-Bangalore flight dancing to 'Balam Pichkari' in the aisles went viral on social media. They were dancing to celebrate Holi.
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