In step taken to attract more passengers, Air India will now reserve six seats for women passengers in its economy class. The move comes after a recent on-board incident when a male passenger reportedly groped a female passenger on Air India’s Mumbai-Newark flight. During the flight, a business class passenger changed his seat to sit next to a female passenger in the economy class and allegedly groped her when she fell asleep.
This is perhaps the first time such a gender-specific reservation is being implemented in an airline anywhere in the world.
“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,” Air India general manager-revenue management Meenakshi Malik said.
The new featured started on January 18. The airline will not charge anything extra for blocking such seats for women passengers.