Airline Under Fire For Letting Passengers Sing Religious Chants And Play Drum Mid-Flight

An airline has come under fire on social media after a video emerged showing its passengers singing religious chants and playing a drum mid-flight.

The incident allegedly took place on a flight from the city of Ahmedabad to the city of Ayodhya, in India.

Phone footage shows one IndiGo passenger playing the dholak, a two-headed hand drum. To the rhythm of the ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’ religious song.

Many other passengers aboard the full flight sang along and clapped their hands, while some kept quiet and watched.

It is unclear when the footage captured but the clip gained immense attention immediately after surfacing. On X, formerly Twitter, on Tuesday, 6th February.

Many netizens criticised IndiGo for allowing the act on one of their aircraft.

User ‘Sanjeev Chhabra’ commented: “Isn’t this a Security Risk?”

Passengers sing during Ahemdabad-Ayodhya flight. In February, 2024. Netizens on social media criticized the airline for allowing such acts inside the flight. v (AsiaWire)

User ‘Bruce Wayne’ wrote. “@IndiGo6E @MoCA_GoI how did they allow this check-in cabin baggage in the first place? Is the airline following @DGCAIndia guidelines or violating it?”

And ‘Sab Changa Si’ said: “Indigo is preparing well to get grounded. These sorts of antics permitted by the airline should get the Aviation Minister swinging into action.

“How can that Dholak be taken into the aircraft? It can be used as a weapon to maim or kill someone. Am not buying this argument that it is for bhajans.

“This cannot be allowed. No wonder the country is turning into a circus.”

IndiGo has not yet responded to the incident.