IndiGo pilots suspended for a week over selfies

The pilots were grounded for seven days for taking selfies in the cockpit. Photo / 123RF
The pilots were grounded for seven days for taking selfies in the cockpit. Photo / 123RF

Three pilots have been suspended for a week after they were caught taking selfies in the cockpit.

The men were pilots for low-cost Indian airline IndiGo when the pictures were taken, the Times of India reported.

While the selfies were reportedly taken over a year ago, they were only recently discovered.

An IndiGo spokesman told the Times of India the pilots had been taken off the roster for seven days.

In April, the Hindustan Times reported that six IndiGo pilots were under fire for taking photos with family and colleagues inside the cockpit.

While the pictures were found to be taken when the plane was grounded, Indian air regulators said it still showed "poor safety decorum" and was an "unhealthy trend".

Other regulators around the world have banned the use of mobile devices in cockpits.

In June, two pilots were reportedly fired for posing for selfies with a model in the cockpit of a passenger jet.

The Independent reported that model Victoria Xipolitakis was allowed to remain in the cockpit for her entire flight from Buenos Aires to Rosario in central Argentina.

Model Victoria Xipolitakis tweeted pictures of herself with the pilots of a flight in Argentina. Photo / Twitter, Victoria Xipolitakis
Model Victoria Xipolitakis tweeted pictures of herself with the pilots of a flight in Argentina. Photo / Twitter, Victoria Xipolitakis

She later tweeted pictures of herself with the pilots and even claimed she had been allowed to help fly the plane.

However, the practise is not always frowned on. Swedish Ryanair pilot Maria Pettersson is known for her selfies taken from the cockpit.

A photo posted by Maria (@pilotmaria) on

The glamourous blonde became a pilot in 2011 and continues to share selfies from her journeys on Instagram.

- NZ Herald

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