Passengers watch pilots and stewards have fist-fight at 30,000 ft
Jet2.com chief executive Philip Meeson might stand up for his customers, but he's a pussy when it comes to having a proper man-fight. He recently chastised his staff for piss-poor customer service at Manchester Airport - in front of the passengers - but there were no fists of fury involved. If Meeson wants lessons in becoming a true industry heavyweight, he needs look no further than Air India for inspiration. Their staff aren't afraid to knock seven bells out of one another. Mid-flight. Um.
The cockpit of an Airbus A320 was left unmanned after the pilots and cabin crew had a big barney during a flight from the United Arab Emirates to Delhi. 106 passengers spent a good few minutes saying their last rites as they watched the staff try to knock each other's faces clean off in the main cabin. A female flight attendant told police she was abused and pushed by the pilots in the aptly named cockpit when she refused to grant “personal favours”. Another member of staff then joined in and suddenly it became a scene from Airplane.
It's not the best press Air India could have hoped for at the moment; in August around 20,000 employees went on a three-day hunger strike because the national airline threatened to cut bonuses, and there have been two press stories in recent weeks of passengers spotting rats on board their flights. You'll think twice the next time those cheap transatlantic deals pop up on HUKD, then.