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SpiceJet defends mid-air Holi dance but suspends two pilots


Priyanka Dube,CNN-IBN
Mar 20, 2014 at 12:01pm IST

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New Delhi: Three days after Holi, some employees of the airline SpiceJet are facing the blues. While the DGCA has issued a show cause notice to the airline, SpiceJet says it is yet to receive the notice, but has given assurances that it will co-operate with the DGCA.

SpiceJet also said that it has taken the pilot and co-pilot of the Goa-Bangalore flight off the roster. The airline said the two pilots have been suspended as their coming out of the cockpit was not part of the plan.

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SpiceJet in its statement defended the mid-air performance by its crew saying, "The activity, while maybe a first in India, is very similar to what is done by airlines to surprise passengers in the US, Europe, and elsewhere in Asia, by airlines such as Southwest in the US, Virgin in Europe, and Air Asia, videos of which are also freely viewable on YouTube."

The DGCA issued a show cause notice to the airline, asking why its licence should not be suspended, after a video of the cabin crew on a Goa-Bangalore flight dancing in the aisles went viral.

SpiceJet on March 17 ran eight special flights with extra cabin crew onboard to do a 2.5-minute jig on the occasion of Holi.

Following is the full statement issued by SpiceJet:

As of this point, we have not received any show cause notice, but based on media reports, we expect it will arrive today and we will cooperate fully

The activity, while maybe a first in India, is very similar to what is done by airlines to surprise passengers in the US, Europe, and elsewhere in Asia, by airlines such as Southwest in the US, Virgin in Europe, and Air Asia, videos of which are also freely viewable on YouTube.

It was a 2.5 minute sequence performed by specially trained cabin crew who volunteered to perform (both male and female), and consisted mainly of twirling hand movements

Extra cabin crew as well as cabin crew managers were on the flights to ensure front and rear galleys were manned for those 2.5 minutes, and to ensure all planned activities were well-supervised

We take Safety very seriously - it is our #1, 2, and 3 priority; we will never compromise on Safety - we will be the first to act on any known violations

We are working closely with the DGCA to answer their questions concerns and queries.

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