Air India carried initiated disciplinary action against four of its employees who were caught stealing unserved food and dry ration from its planes.
In August 2017, a circular was issued by Air India’s Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani by conducting an internal communication regarding the ground staff and officers who often take out unserved food and dry ration for their personal consumption on arrival of the aircraft. The circular reads, “Officials found indulging in such practice should be summarily placed under suspension.”
“Since the August 2017 circular, the airline has taken action against two employees of the catering department and two cabin crew employees, who were found to be stealing surplus food and rations from planes,” said a senior official of the Air India as quoted by a leading news agency.
In the catering department, an assistant manager was suspended for 63 days while a senior assistant was suspended for three days after they were found indulging in the practice, the official said.
The officials added that last year in March, two cabin crew members of New Delhi-Sydney flight were warned and demoted to domestic flights only.
“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,” an official said on asking that how many inspections were carried out by the national carrier post the August 2017 circular.