Air India has posted a press release on Twitter. No, in this case it isn’t one of the usual stories of Air India being a basket case, but rather the airline is asking people to stop treating their crews unfairly in light of the current situation.
In this post:
Air India has been operating rescue flights
Like many airlines, Air India has been operating all kinds of evacuation flights to get Indian nationals out of foreign countries — they’ve operated such flights to Wuhan, Milan, Rome, and more.
The airline says that they’ve taken every precaution with these flights, including gloves masks, hand sanitizer, and more.
Furthermore, those crews that operated these flights are sent home to self quarantine, and are also sent to hospitals for check-ups as part of the standard protocol.
Air India notes that these employees have been acting selflessly to operate these flights, and calls their efforts “heroic.” But not everyone agrees, apparently.
Air India crews being ostracized by “vigilantes”
According to this press release, some Air India employees who worked these flights have been ostracized by local vigilantes. As the press release explains:
However, it is alarming to note that in many localities, vigilante Resident Welfare Associations and neighbours have started ostracizing the crew, obstructing them from performing their duty or even calling in the police, simply because the crew travelled abroad in the course of their duty. These vigilantes have conveniently forgotten that many a spouse, parent, sibling, child and near and dear one have been brought home safe and secure from affected countries, thanks to the heroic efforts of these Air India crew.
We would like to appeal to all concerned, particularly the law enforcement agencies, to ensure that our crew are treated with the courtesy, respect and freedom that every citizen of this country deserves especially in light of the fact of their having undertaken flight duties to affected countries to bring back Indian citizens.
I have a hard time even imagining how douchebag-ey some are being to try and obstruct these Air India crews and call the cops on them. It sounds like Air India is following all normal protocols and is having their employees quarantine, so the last thing they need is people making a fuss out of nothing.
Always be kind to airline employees… especially during these times!