Holi is one of the most popular Hindu festivals celebrated with much aplomb. This year, Holi was marked on March 8. The festival of colours also has a number of traditional sweets associated with it, and one of the most popular ones is gujiya. Portions of dough are filled with dry fruits, mawa and sugar to make a deep-fried pastry that is every bit delicious. Gujiya is undoubtedly one of the favourite Holi indulgences, and recent news is proof of the same. SpiceJet, a private Indian airline, grounded two of its pilots after they allegedly had coffee and gujiya inside the cockpit of the plane. Take a look:
@CaptShaktiLumba @AwakenIndia @leofsaldanha @NarendranKs @OMRcat @jagritichandra @nambath @JM_Scindia Samosa and tea at 37000ft, cruising at 0.79M!Even horoscope cant save you if there is an emergency😡 pic.twitter.com/6UfhnDfzOk— Mohan Ranganathan (@Mohan_Rngnathan) March 14, 2023
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The incident happened on March 8 on a SpiceJet plane from Delhi to Guwahati. In the picture, the pilots hands were visible and they were enjoying gujiyas while seated in the cockpit. Reports suggested that the click was taken when the plane was soaring at 37,000ft.
The click went viral on Twitter and an investigation was launched. Both pilots were taken off the roster until further inquiry. Consumption of food inside the cockpit is strictly prohibited. “Both pilots have been off-rostered pending an inquiry. SpiceJet has a strict policy for the consumption of food inside the cockpit which is adhered by all flight crew. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken upon completion of the investigation,” a SpiceJet spokesperson said.
Internet users too shared their comments and reactions to the news. Some felt that it was irresponsible and dangerous of the pilots to eat gujiyas while flying. Others said that the photograph could be an older one and it would be better to do a proper investigation first.
Take a look at some of the reactions:
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🤔… I thought pilots can eat in the cockpit.
‘SpiceJet pilots grounded for coffee and ‘gujiya’ in cockpit’ https://t.co/gmDgYPxfeE— Amit Paranjape (@aparanjape) March 16, 2023
Holi celebrations gone awry 😖
Two #SpiceJet pilots have been grounded after they enjoyed some gujiya and beverage kept precariously over a critical console in the cockpit
The airline has said that “appropriate disciplinary action” will be taken after probe is completed. pic.twitter.com/6buizQjNDJ— Poulomi Saha (@PoulomiMSaha) March 16, 2023
Two pilots of @flyspicejet have been off roster (removed from flying duty) for celebrating Holi while operating the flight. The incident happened last Wednesday. While having Gujiya on the Delhi-Guwahati flight. 🙈 #AvGeekpic.twitter.com/RGHMCKNOLm— Ashoke Raj (@Ashoke_Raj) March 16, 2023
Samosa and Tea after they go to US for higher education— Rahman Sheikh IRTS (@rahmanology) March 14, 2023
Don’t buy a plane that doesn’t come with even a cup holder! — JD Scarface 7 (@jillsdaniel) March 14, 2023
I wouldn’t do this even if I was just sitting on the driver’s seat of my car, let alone while driving.
Are they even allowed to do this inside the cockpit?— Yahya (@yahyahararwala) March 14, 2023
2 samosas, 1 tea
That will be ₹20,000— Krunal Surati 🇮🇳 (@_krunal_surati_) March 14, 2023
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