Jet Airways has played a massive spoil sport by suspending five air-hostesses who allowed singer Sonu Nigam to use the plane's address system to break into song, delighting not just the passengers, but also others who watched the video online.
Recently, Nigam surprised 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. The famous singer nonchalantly made his way to the microphone and performed 'Do Pal Ruka' from Veer-Zaara (2004).
He was delighted when a few of his co-passengers joined in, and encouraged them by saying "Aap bhi gaate hain. My God, saare singers hain!" (You also sing. My God, everyone's a singer here!)
However, Jet was not amused.
Confirming the action, a statement issued by Jet 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."
Later, they issued a statement saying that the cabin crew has been off duty in line with their safety policy. "They will return to their flying duties on completion of their relevant briefing and training."
This is not the first time that an Indian airline has got into trouble for allowing singing or dancing in the air. Two years back, the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) 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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