Man Tried to Enter Cockpit During Flight Because He Wanted to Charge His Phone

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The logo of IndiGo Airlines is pictured on passenger aircraft on the tarmac in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, July 10, 2018. A passenger on a flight from Mumbai tried to enter the cockpit. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

A passenger on a plane in India tried to enter the cockpit to charge his phone before takeoff and had to be forcibly removed.

The man was said to be drunk when he tried to enter the cockpit on the IndiGo flight which was on the tarmac in Mumbai, bound for Kolkata.

The airline said in a statement that the man was arrested by police "on grounds of a security violation."

"While an IndiGo aircraft was on the ground, an unruly passenger tried to enter the cockpit stating that his mobile needs to be charged," the statement read.

Police arrested the 35-year-old man for questioning but he was later released.

"He was drunk and wanted to charge his mobile phone. So he moved towards the cockpit. Police did not find any offense against him to charge a case," an airline official said, according to the Business Standard.

IndiGo is a low-cost airline whose hub is New Delhi and, at 46 million passengers annually, is the country's largest fleet carrier. It is also Asia's seventh largest carrier.

The rise in low cost flights in India have led to a surge in first-time passengers and posing other challenges as six times more passengers fly India's sky than a decade ago, Channel News Asia reported.

On Monday a passenger aboard a GoAir flight from Delhi to Patna in Bihar tried to open the rear door of the aircraft in mid flight, mistaking it for the door to the toilet.

When the man was challenged by fellow passengers he "told them he needed to use the washroom urgently and kept tugging at the exit door", a police spokesman said.

The man, who was in his 20s, had to be wrestled from the door and was detained by police on arrival.

The rise in first-time travelers has led Air Asia India to produce an explainer video instructing first-time flyers some of the basics of air travel, such as how to use an onboard toilet.

Last week, passengers on board a Jet Airways flight to Jaipur had to be taken to hospital suffering from nosebleeds after crew forgot to flick a switch that regulated cabin air pressure.