Indian airline creates 'women only' section on planes to prevent abuse of solo female passengers

Baku, January 18, AZERTAC

Air India has announced plans to reserve six seats in each aeroplane for female passengers, according to Daily mail.

The state-run airline revealed the move was an attempt to preserve the safety of women travelling alone.

All of the seats in row three on Air India planes will now only be allocated to women.

The airline will also keep plastic handcuffs on all flights to restrain passengers who get 'totally out of control.'

The move comes after a recent incident where a female passenger was groped by a male passenger while asleep on one of their planes.

Meenakshi Malik of Air India said: 'We will be reserving the third row—six seats—in the economy class of the aircraft for female passengers travelling alone.

'We feel, as national carriers, it is our responsibility to enhance comfort level to female passengers.'

The move, which is thought to be a first in the aviation industry, has received mixed reactions from customers though.

While some have applauded the decision, others have said that it is a token gesture.

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