Hours after Jet Airways suspended its cabin crew for allowing popular singer Sonu Nigam take over the in-flight announcement system during a flight, the latter called it an ‘act of intolerance.’
In a statement, Nigam said, “I have witnessed an elaborate fashion show in an aircraft. I have heard of small concerts happening in an aircraft. I have seen pilots and crew members cracking humorous jokes to loosen up passengers in other countries, which is so cool. To suspend crew members for asking me to sing on the address system, when the seat belt signs were off, and no announcements were to be made, is nothing less than punishing someone for spreading happiness.”
Nigam added, “Pity there’s no one to question such harshness except the media perhaps. Indians, need to loosen up. This act of lack of common sense, according to me, is real intolerance.”
On a Jet Airways flight from Jodhpur to Mumbai recently, when his co-passengers requested him to perform, Nigam took over the announcement system to sing a medley of songs. The video of the singer had gone viral on social media platforms.
But the airline today suspended the cabin crew of that flight and announced that it was enforcing corrective measures and disciplinary action.