When your seatmate decides to target your seat there’s not much you can do. As a passenger though bear in mind that you can usually get up to go to the lavatory even when the seat belt sign is on. So don’t feel like you have no other option.
The latest incident comes from Thursday’s Air India New York JFK – Delhi flight A102. A drunk passenger urinated on another passenger’s seat. Fortunately the flight wasn’t full so the woman was able to be moved to another seat.
Disgraceful @airindiain yesterday on your flight AI102 from JFK to Delhi a drunk passenger removed his pants and peed on the seat my mother was sitting!!! She was traveling alone and is completely traumatized! Reply ASAP #AirIndia #Shameful
— Indrani Ghosh (@indranidreams) August 31, 2018
Apparently twitter is how India’s government now issues orders, because the country’s Minister of State for Civil Aviation immediately tweeted a demand that the carrier report on the incident.
— Jayant Sinha (@jayantsinha) September 1, 2018
According to the airline they did everything they could,
Our sincere apologies to passengers of the flight inconvenienced by this act. Our cabin crew promptly went all out to alleviate the inconvenience of the passenger from the moment the incident occurred till the flight touched down at Delhi. While an airline has no control over the behaviour of an individual passenger, our crew are trained to handle any situation with utmost care and concern.
While passengers urinating on seat opponents doesn’t happen frequently compared to the number of flights and number of passengers each year, it happens frequently enough to make me wonder whether an airline would attract business by requiring passengers to certify that they’re potty trained, and to blow into a breathalyzer at the boarding gate. And it makes me wonder if airlines not doing this suggests they’d rather have the ticket revenue than discourage the behavior.