Sahar Police arrest man for smoking mid-air inside flight washroom in Mumbai

A 50-year-old man was arrested by the Sahar Police in Mumbai for allegedly smoking inside an international flight and causing panic among other passengers and crew.

A member of the Indigo crew lodged the FIR after landing at Mumbai International Airport on Sunday, police said.

According to the FIR, Mohammed Shahid, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, had boarded an Indigo flight from Kuwait. During mid-air, he went into the washroom and started smoking. His smoking was noticed by the crew members, who asked him to stop.

The accused was taken to the Sahar police station by a crew member after the flight landed at the airport. A criminal case was filed against him under section 336 of the IPC (Act endangering life or personal safety of others) and the relevant sections of the Aircraft Act. According to the police, the accused was later released on bail.

”He was a worker in Kuwait and was returning to India, while boarding the plane, one of his friends gave him some cigarettes and he began to smoke it inside the aircraft washroom, risking the life of other passengers,” said an official.

He told the police that he was not aware of the law that smoking is not allowed inside aircraft, the official added.