Passenger throws fit over female pilot, refuses to fly


A Mumbai-bound flight was delayed at the Delhi airport first by fog and then by a passenger who complained about the fact that the pilot was a female.

NDTV reports that the passengers on board had a curious story to tell as to why Indigo flight 6E 179, supposed to depart at 8.10 a.m., could not take off before 9.40 a.m.

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Passengers claim the man became “jittery” after the customary flight announcement was made, giving the female pilot’s name.

“The man first started grumbling to co-passengers, ‘Marna hai kya? Ghar nahi sambhalta, plane kya sambhalegi?’ (I don’t want to die! She can’t take care of the house, how will she take care of a plane?)

“He called the airhostesses and objected to the woman pilot.”

Ground staff came to take him off the plane while the other passengers became “restless and upset”.

He relented after being told he would be removed from the place along with his check-in baggage.

An airport official has said there was a “mentally unsound” man on board the plane.