New Delhi: In order to ensure Women safety onboard, national carrier Air India will start reserving two rows or 6 seats for female passengers in all domestic flights from January 18.
The Maharaja Carrier would soon provide this facility to women passengers traveling alone without any extra charges.
“We will be reserving the third row — six seats — in the economy class of the aircraft for female passengers travelling alone,” said Air India general manager-revenue management Meenakshi Malik.
The decision follows a recent spat on board wherein a male flyer groped a woman co-passenger on-board Mumbai to Newark flight this month. Reportedly, a business class flyer groped an economy class flyer when she was asleep. He had exchanged his seat to sit next to the female passenger in the economy class.
This is one of its kind service extended by the carrier as no other Airlines company in the world provides any special privilege to women passengers on air. In India, women passengers get special coaches and seats in Railways, metros and buses.
Many experts however believe that the decision of Air India is impractical and not a good one. While others believe that decision has come as an image pacifier move by Air India after being labelled as the world’s third-worst performing airline by FlightStats recently.