Tuesday, July 3, 2012
My mother is a pilot
The pilot of an Air India passenger plane seated his mother in the cockpit for a domestic flight, refusing to take off without her after he could not get her a free ticket, a report said Sunday.
The pilot allegedly demanded that his mother be issued a "dummy boarding card" at Pune airport in western India and placed her in a jump seat reserved for the crew for the two-hour flight to the capital New Delhi.
"When the pilot insisted on taking his mother on board, the operations and commercial departments were informed," an airport official told the Sunday Express. "The pilot threatened that he would not fly without his mother."
The pilot said that his mother was sick and he could not leave her at the airport, the paper reported.