The revised policy includes instructions to “tactfully refusing to serve alcohol” to passengers if needed.

Air India flightRepresentative image/PTI
news Aviation Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 09:44

Amid recent incidents of unruly passenger behaviour, Air India has modified its in-flight alcohol service policy, wherein cabin crew have been told to tactfully refuse serving of alcohol if needed. The Tata group-owned airline has been slapped with penalties in the last few days by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for the unruly behaviour of passengers onboard two international flights.

According to the revised policy, guests should not be permitted to drink alcohol unless served by the cabin crew. It also said that the cabin crew must be attentive in identifying guests that might be consuming their own alcohol. "Service of alcoholic beverages must be carried out in a reasonable and safe manner. This includes tactfully refusing to (further) serve a guest alcohol," as per the policy.

In a statement, an Air India spokesperson said the airline has reviewed its existing in-flight alcohol service policy, taking reference from other carriers' practice and input from the US National Restaurants Association's (NRA) guidelines.

"These were largely in line with Air India's existing practice, though some adjustments have been made for better clarity, and NRA's Traffic Light system included to help crew recognise and manage possible cases of intoxication. The new policy has now been promulgated to crew and included in training curricula. Air India remains committed to the safety and well-being of our passengers and cabin crew, including but not limited to the responsible service of alcohol," the spokesperson said.

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