Whether it’s sports icons, actors or politicians; social media has lately become a platform for the celebrities to take pot-shots and disclose their ordeals with unruly individuals in daily life. From the lunatic cab driver to the harrowing stalker, there have been numerous such episodes highlighted on various social media portals.
But, none of them rank above the absolutely distressing run-ins of celebrities with airline staff. From Sachin Tendulkar to Harbhajan Singh, Indian sportspersons – in particular – are no strangers to their troubles while travelling in the air. And, on 4 November, it was the turn of Indian badminton sensation PV Sindhu.
In a series of tweets, the 22-year-old named and shamed the airline ground staff, saying that the IndiGo employee had behaved “badly and rudely” with her. When he was approached by an air hostess and told to behave properly, he was rude with her as well, Sindhu wrote in a direct message to IndiGo.
Sorry to say ..i had a very bad experience😤when i was flying by 6E 608 flight to bombay on 4th nov the ground staff by name Mr ajeetesh(1/3)
— Pvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) 4 November 2017
“Sorry to say ..i had a very bad experience. when i was flying by 6E 608 flight to bombay on 4th nov the ground staff by name Mr ajeetesh(1/3),” Sindhu tweeted on Saturday.
— Pvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) 4 November 2017
Adding to her rant, Sindhu went on to share a screenshot detailing her horrific experience. “Ground staff (skipper) Mr ajeetesh behaved very badly and rudely with me. When the air hostess Ms Ashima tried to advise him to behave properly with the passenger (me) but to my surprise he behaved very rudely with her. If these types of people work for a reputed (sic) airline like indigo they will spoil their reputation @IndiGo6E,” she posted on Twitter.
But, while Sindhu was sharing her ordeal, IndiGo airlines defended their employee, claiming that the Indian badminton star was carrying an oversized baggage which wasn’t fitting into an overhead bin.
“Ms PV Sindhu boarded flight 6E 608 Hyderabad-Mumbai…carrying oversized baggage which was not fitting into the overhead bin. Ms Sindhu was informed that it will be moved to cargo hold of the aircraft. This is the same policy we follow for all customers. Oversized baggage inside the cabin inconveniences other customers and can also be a safety hazard if it cannot be secured properly in the cabin,” IndiGo spokesman Ajay Jasra was quoted as saying by the TOI.
“During the entire conversation, the member of the IndiGo ground operations remained calm. After several requests to her manager, they finally consented to the removal of the bag from the cabin. We then placed the over-sized baggage in the cargo hold and was handed over to Ms Sindhu on arrival. We are extremely proud of Ms Sindhu’s sporting achievements and are grateful for the laurels she has won for our country. However, safety of our operations is paramount to IndiGo. We hope that Ms Sindhu will appreciate that our colleague was only carrying out his duty in the best interest of a safe and reliable operation,” Jasra added.
Amid all the hullabaloo, folks on Twitter also urged Sindhu not to name the airplane staff as it might ruin his career.
Even if she had issues she could have gone directly to airline, shaming at social platform can ensure he loses his job…not done sis
— Sid (@Sid13625211) 4 November 2017
Best way 2 sort issue- report to aviation, send an e-mail however social platform shall be avoided 2 complain certainly it wil ruin career
— Altaf Sayed (@altaf7864) 4 November 2017
Unless he assaulted you in any way or harassed you pls don’t do this. Delete this, he might lose his job. Complain to the company directly.
— Spooky👆Likey 👆👆 (@Feitan_H) 4 November 2017
Don’t do this sindhu ur gonna destroy one man career probably a family,choose to forgive..
— மனோ (@R_mano07) 4 November 2017
At this level u should let it go.. could destroy someone’s career.. should sort it out internally n nt resort to name shaming lyk dis on SM.
— Rishikesh Kher (@iamrk07) 4 November 2017
— uday setti (@UdaySetti) 4 November 2017
Source of news : Mensxp