AP Pathak has alleged that he and his family were removed from a recent British Airways flight from LCY to Berlin in late July because their three-year-old child would not stop crying. He has accused the airline of racist behavior and his allegations have spurred some to urge a total boycott of BA.
An Indian family was allegedly deplaned from a recent British Airways (BA) flight because their son would not stop crying, Sky News reports. The incident occurred on a BA flight from London City Airport (LCY) to Berlin on July 23.
Speaking out about the incident, AP Pathak, the father of the child, alleges that a member of crew threatened to throw the boy out of the plane’s window if the three-year-old did not cease crying.
Pathak has written a letter of complaint – excerpts of which have been quoted by the outlet – regarding his experience to Suresh Prabhu, the Indian aviation minister.
Pathak explained that the boy began to cry when the child was placed in his seat in preparation for departure. The boy’s mother then held him in an attempt to comfort him.
At this point, Pathak explained that a member of staff approached the family and began to shout at the child, who was described as “terrified” and “crying inconsolably.”
He added that, as the plane began to taxi, “The same crew member came again and shouted at my son that ‘you keep quiet otherwise you will be thrown out of the window’ and we would be offloaded.”
The plane then turned back to the terminal and the Pathak family were deplaned along with another Indian family who had been seated behind them, members of whom had attempted to comfort the child. Pathak also said that he was forced to endure “humiliation and racial behavior” and added that, “The crew member made racist remarks and used words like ‘bloody’ about Indians.”
The incident has divided Indians on social media, some of whom are urging a boycott of BA.
However, the carrier has explained that members of staff had repeatedly requested that the child be seated and fasten his belt so that the craft could depart. Commenting on behalf of the airline, a BA spokesperson told Sky, “It is a safety requirement for all airlines that passengers are seated and have their seatbelt fastened for take-off. We are investigating the complaint and will liaise with our customer.”