Air India has decided to accord priority to the armed forces personnel in boarding its flights across the carrier's network.
On Monday, Air India executive director Sarabjot Singh Uberoi wrote an e-mail to top officials declaring that serving members of the armed forces from Army, Air Force and Navy should be honoured by inviting them to board first on all their flights, before any other passengers.
Starting 15 August, Air India has started giving boarding priority to Army, Navy & Air Force personnel, as a mark of respect: Air India pic.twitter.com/pkSn2t4mlM— ANI (@ANI) August 16, 2017
The decision has been taken as a mark of honour and respect to these personnel, on the occasion of the country's 71st Independence Day. As per the email, the order has been implemented from Independence Day onwards on all Air India flights.
It has also mentioned how pre-boarding announcements will now be made,
“Air India Star Alliance flight ___to ___is now ready for boarding through Gate No.___. We would like to invite serving members of our esteemed Armed Forces from Army, Air Force and Navy to board first,” reported Hindustan Times.
As usual, Twitter had a lot to say about this with some rejecting the move while some others lauding it
Soldierly pride would reject such nonsense with contemptuous no-thanks. A-I using jingoism to cover for incompetence https://t.co/Azhps07Mkq— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) August 16, 2017
Yes, which physically fit soldier with high self esteem would like such petty concession over his fellow passengers, ladies included?— Dipak Gadekar (@DipakGadekarTHN) August 16, 2017
what's the problem ??seriously !!If it's done by Italian mistress,u would've said"Finally, Army got its due !!"Shameless Chemcha 🤓!!— Bharath Vasi (@mythr89) August 16, 2017
Stop speaking on behalf of soldiers all the time, let them decide whether they want to dance or enjoy the privellege of boarding 1st— Yogesh (@YogeshShende) August 16, 2017
Air India already provides concessionary and discounted air fares to the armed forces personnel on its domestic sectors.