Indian airline Vistara is making flying safer for women. In a thoughtful move, Vistara introduced a new program in March aimed at ensuring the comfort and safety of women flying solo. #VistaraWomanFlyer allows women travelling alone the option to request specific seats, and also provides baggage and transportation assistance and even escorts to walk women to taxis. If a flier doesn’t request a certain seat, the airline will still ensure she receives either a window or an aisle position, rather than a middle seat.
Unfortunately enough, sexual harassment is on the rise and the situation in India is no better. The U.S. State Department advises women not to travel alone in the country: “Travelers should be aware that there have been reported cases of sexual assault, including rape, of U.S. citizens travelling throughout India,” the agency’s website says. “U.S. citizens, particularly women, are cautioned not to travel alone in India.”
However, this is not the first airline to change their policy aiming to ensure women safety. Earlier, after two separate incidents of groping aboard Air India flights were reported, the airline rolled out a reserved section of six seats for women. Launched in January 2017, the seating is available only to solo fliers, not women travelling with family.
As per HuffPost reports, Sanjiv Kapoor, Vistara’s chief strategy and the commercial officer said in a statement that the airline’s initiative is based on “intuitive thoughtfulness,” noting many of its solo female travellers request assistance.