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US national booked for smoking, ruckus on Air India flight

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Mumbai: A case has been registered against a US citizen for allegedly smoking in the bathroom and misbehaving with other passengers on Air India’s London-Mumbai flight, local police said on Sunday

The 37-year-old Ramakant has been booked by Mumbai’s Sahar Police Station for his causing inconvenience mid-flight on March 11.  According to the Mumbai Police, a case has been registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 336 (whoever does any act so rashly or negligently as to endanger human life or the personal safety of others) and Aircraft Act 1937, 22 (refuse to follow a lawful instruction given by the Pilot-in-Command), 23 (Assault and other acts endangering safety or jeopardizing good order and discipline) and 25 (for smoking).

“Smoking is not allowed on the flight but as he went to the bathroom the alarm started to ring and when all crew ran towards the bathroom we saw he had a cigarette in his hand. We immediately threw the cigarette from his hand. Then Ramakant started shouting at all our crew members. Somehow, we took him to his seat. But after some time he tried to open the door of the aircraft. “

All the passengers got scared because of his behaviour and he started acting a gimmick on the flight. He was not ready to listen to us and was shouting. Then we tied his hands and legs and made him sit on the seat,” the crew member of Air India told the Sahar Police.

The accused passenger didn’t even stop and started banging his head.

“One person among the passengers was a doctor. He came and checked him. Then Ramakant said that he has some medicine in his bag. We didn’t find any but an e-cigarette was recovered while checking the bag,” the police added.

After the flight landed, the passenger Ramkant was handed over to the Sahar police.

The Police said that the accused is of Indian origin but a citizen of the United States of America and holds a US passport.

“We have sent the sample of the accused for a medical test to confirm whether he was in an inebriated state or mentally disturbed,” the police added.