Pee case: ‘Bro, I think I am in trouble’, drunk flyer told co-passenger after peeing fiasco | India News


MUMBAI: “Bro, I think I am in trouble,” said an inebriated Shankar Mishra to his co-passenger as he was sobering up after urinating on a woman flyer in her 70s on a New York-Delhi flight on November 26.
TOI spoke to Sugata Bhattacharjee, a US-based doctor of audiology in seat 8A (window) in the first row of business class, next to Mishra in seat 8C. “He was an unruly drunk passenger. He downed four glasses of single malt whisky, during lunch alone,” said the middle-aged Bhattacharjee. He must have had more before and after, the doctor conjectured, as he looked “visibly drunk”. “After he asked me the same question thrice — ‘What do your children do?’ — I walked up to a male purser and told him my co-passenger was intoxicated and they should cut off the alcohol supply.”

Air India horror: Not just urinated on woman, Shankar Mishra tries to buy her silence

Air India horror: Not just urinated on woman, Shankar Mishra tries to buy her silence

Seated behind them were two woman passengers. Bhattacharjee said he was asleep when Mishra allegedly urinated on the passenger in seat 9A, but he witnessed the events that followed. “Though she was visibly distraught, the cabin crew coaxed her to speak to the man who had urinated on her,” he said. “A drunk guy is a drunk guy is a drunk guy. When you see a guy who has done a crime like this, you don’t bring him to the victim to allow him to apologise to her.”
Bhattacharjee is still aghast about the incident that happened over six weeks ago. “We were in row 1 in the business class cabin. The lavatory was four rows behind. I still cannot understand the rationale… He (Mishra) woke up, went to the next row and urinated,” he said. “There was a woman in the aisle seat too, but it was the window seat woman passenger who was drenched in urine.”

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Disgusting! Man urinates on woman passenger onboard New York-Delhi Air India flight, DGCA seeks report

At one point after the incident, the drunk Mishra dozed off. “After a while Mishra woke up, he had sobered up a bit and told me, ‘Bro, I think I am in trouble’. I said, ‘Yes, you are’.”
Bhattacharjee was all praise for the two cabin crew members who helped the woman clean up. “They wore gloves and took her belongings to the aircraft lavatory and cleaned them. They went beyond their call of duty,” he said. “Towards the end of the flight, I asked the crew for a complaint book to note down my protest against their handling of the situation. But they gave me a piece of paper and asked me to write on it. The airline did not even acknowledge its receipt.”

Shankar Mishra, who urinated on a female passenger in an Air India flight, identified

Shankar Mishra, who urinated on a female passenger in an Air India flight, identified

He shared with TOI a photograph of his two-page complaint note. “I woke up mid-flight when my co-passenger Shankar Mishra (8C) fell on me. I initially thought he had lost his balance due to the rough flight,” said the note. The flight had experienced quite a bit of turbulence. “However, as I was going to the restroom, I saw my two fellow passengers in 9A and 9C in distress. When the lady of 9A came to the galley area, I saw she was all wet and we were shocked to realise that my co-passenger (8C) was so intoxicated that he had gone to the next row and urinated on her. I was there the whole time when the two air hostesses diligently helped her clean up, change her clothes and sanitized her belongings and seat.”

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The note further said, “I personally am bothered by the fact that the Captain waited for close to two hours before allotting her a fresh seat. When you have four first class seats vacant, you don’t make a distressed passenger go back to her seat (soiled one) and wait for a crew seat to be vacant to move her. This is a poor judgement call by the Captain.”
Signing off, Bhattacharjee said: “I have been flying Air India for decades now. I absolutely love Air India. I am passionate about India’s national carrier. I was born in the northeast of India, they were our go-to airline. Nobody gives you connectivity the way Air India does. But in the end, it’s all about taking accountability.”





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