Air India employees steal food from planes: report

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Air India said it has taken disciplinary action against its four employees for stealing unserved food and dry ration from its planes.

Indian news agency PTI quoted a senior official as saying the airline has taken action against two employees and two cabin crew employees after they were found to be stealing surplus food and rations from planes.”

An assistant manager and a senior assistant in the catering department were suspended for 63 days and three days respectively after they were found indulging in the practice.

In March last year, two cabin crew members of a New Delhi-Sydney flight were warned and put on domestic flights only, the officials added.

Asked as to how many inspections were carried out by the national carrier post the August 2017 circular, the official said, “The catering division carries out spot and hygiene checks on flights and at caterer’s premises on random basis which pertain only to enforcing quality parameters for the in-flight food.”

In August 2017, Air India’s Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani had issued an internal communication saying that ground staff and officers often take out unserved food and dry ration “for their personal consumption” on arrival of the aircraft.

“Officials found indulging in such practice should be summarily placed under suspension,” the circular read.