SpiceJet Fined For Offloading Disabled Passenger


New Delhi:  The Supreme Court today ordered SpiceJet to pay Rs. 10 lakh to an activist with cerebral palsy which the airline offloaded four years ago.

The top court said the activist, Jeeja Ghosh, underwent mental and physical suffering when she was offloaded from a SpiceJet flight from Kolkata to Goa in February 2012.

Ms Ghosh, 46, a teacher at Kolkata’s Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy and a frequent flier across the country and abroad, was offloaded because the pilot said she was not fit to fly. She has travelled alone in the past.

The airline had in 2012 issued a statement apologising for the inconvenience caused to Ms Ghosh.

SpiceJet has been ordered to pay the activist within two months.