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Air India Adds All-Female Section On Flights After Sexual Assaults

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Air India will launch an all-female row on domestic flights after recent reports of women getting groped.

Two separate instances of women being groped on Air India flights were reported over the course of two weeks. The airline immediately took actions by keeping plastic handcuffs on all flights to stop passengers from getting “totally out of control.”

Starting Tuesday, the third row in economy class will be reserved for women who feel uncomfortable sitting next to men.

“We feel, as national carriers, it is our responsibility to enhance comfort level to female passengers,” said Meenakshi Malik, Air India’s general manager, according to the Hindu Times. “There are a lot of female passengers who travel alone with us and we will be blocking a few seats for them.”

A man groped a woman sitting next to him when she was sleeping on a Dec. 21 flight from Mumbai to Newark. In another instance, a hostess claims that a middle-aged man molested her on a domestic flight just two weeks later. Both suspect were handed over to police upon landing.

“Inflight misbehavior is on the rise in recent times,” a senior official told the Times of India. “Our pilots adopt zero tolerance for offenses like sexual harassment, both of air hostesses or flyers, and hand over offenders to law enforcing agencies on landing.”

This isn’t the first time Air India makes the news for its policies on women. The airline put 125 flight attendants on probation for being overweight. Air India denied it had anything to do with sexism and said it was a matter of safety.

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