To provide a comfortable and decent flying experience, Air India has decided to reserve six seats, i.e., two front rows containing three seats each in economy class exclusively for women travelling alone on its domestic flights. The airlines has made it clear that they are not charging any extra fares from the passengers for these six reserved seats.
This is the first time that airlines will be reserving seats for their female passengers. The action has been taken after a woman flying solo was groped on the Air India’s Mumbai-Newark flight last month.
“We will be reserving the third row — six seats — in the economy class of the aircraft for female passengers travelling alone,” said Air India general manager revenue management Meenakshi Malik. “We feel, as national carriers, it is our responsibility to enhance comfort level to female passengers. There are a lot of female passengers who travel alone with us and we will be blocking a few seats for them.”