Recently for Holi celebration, SpiceJet flight crew treated their guests to celebrate Holi inside the aircraft on Tuesday before take off at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. The crew members danced to ‘Balam Pichkari’, the popular Holi song and many of the passengers were also seen grooving to the music.
Last month, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation had turned down an airline’s request to let its cabin crew have a “cultural program” involving singing and dancing on some flights on the festival of colors on March 24. “We have turned down their request. We have a zero tolerance to anything that could affect safety. We have told the airline that it can have its celebrations at the airport before boarding flyers,” a senior DGCA official had said.
SpiceJet also handed their customers with water less Holi stickers promoting an environment friendly water conserving festival. SpiceJet is also running a contest for their customers with which they can win a free return ticket. Customers have to paste the sticker on their friends or relatives and pose a selfie with it and post it on social networking sites with #WaterlessHoli. The passengers also actively participated in the fun celebrations.
SpiceJet had ran into a controversy last year when crew danced in mid-air. Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation had earlier rejected a proposal to celebrate Holi on board in their domestic flights. In 2014, dance sequence as a part of Holi celebrations lead to the suspension of two pilots. DGCA had issues show cause notice to the airline. In February 2015, Jet Airways suspended five crew members of a chartered flight after Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam was allowed to sing while in mid-air. DGCA had take the incident again seriously.
The festival of colors, which heralds the end of winter and the victory of good over evil, is marked with a national public holiday in India and sees revelers pour onto the streets. It will be celebrated across the country on March 23, followed by Rangpanchami. This festival Celebrated mainly in India, Nepal and other countries with large Hindu populations, it falls on the last full moon of winter.
Delhi:Celebrations in a SpiceJet flight,crew organized a Holi dance while the aircraft was still on ground(March 22) pic.twitter.com/U20MllObnO
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In the video the Spicejet crew members were seen dancing down the aisle:
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