HR Strange But True!
October 06, 2009

It's horrible when a physical altercation breaks out in a workplace. But it's downright terrifying when the fist fight is in a plane flying at 30,000 feet!

Just such an incident happened on an Air India flight from the United Arab Emirates to New Delhi on October 4, reports The Guardian. According to the article, a female flight attendant says she was “abused” and pushed out of the cockpit, bruising her hand, when she spurned the pilots' (yes, both) requests for “favours.”

A male crew member then intervened on the flight attendant's behalf, initiating loud yelling and thrown punches in the galley, startling the passengers. However, as soon as the fight was over, the crew continued working as if nothing had happened, according to the report.

The pilots deny the charges of sexual harassment and allege they weren't fighting with the crew member, but rather physically subduing him because he had become a “safety risk.” New Delhi police do report that a charge of assault has been registered over the incident. Air India says it has grounded all staff members involved while the incident is being investigated.

Sources: Guardian and BBC

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