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Airline to start selling tickets for female-only seat section

17 January 2017

Air India is soon to be the first airline to offer a reserved seat section for women who are travelling alone after reports of some being harassed by other passengers.

According to BBC the six seats will be made available on the Airbus A320 aircraft for flights within India later this week. There will be no extra charge for women wishing to be seated in this section. 

Meenaksi Malik, a general manager from Air India, told TheHindu “We feel, as national carriers, it is our responsibility to enhance comfort level to female passengers. There are a lot of female passengers who travel alone with us and we will be blocking a few seats for them.”

This news is not welcomed by everyone though as former executive director Jitendra Bhargava showed: “To my knowledge, this happens nowhere in the world. Planes are not unsafe for women passengers. In case of unruly behaviour, the airline crew are authorised to take action as per the law.”


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