IndiGo plane
An IndiGo is seen landing at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on Sept. 8, 2012. Getty Images

A passenger was removed from an India-based IndiGo airline flight after trying to enter the cockpit to charge his mobile phone, local media reports said early Wednesday. The incident took place on the plane traveling from the eastern Indian city of Kolkata to Mumbai, in the country's west.

Authorities said the drunk passenger attempted to enter the cockpit minutes before the plane was set to takeoff. The "unruly passenger" was immediately removed from the flight and was taken to the police station by the airline staff.

"Following standard operating procedures the captain operating 6E-395 flight from Mumbai to Kolkata (Sept. 24, 2018) had initiated the offloading of the passenger on grounds of security violation," a representative for the airline said in a statement.

An officer at the airport police station said the passenger, who was in his mid-30s, was questioned by police but they could not charge him in the case.

"He was drunk and wanted to charge his mobile phone. So he moved towards the cockpit. Police did not find any offence against him to charge a case," the official said.

Passengers are prohibited from entering the cockpit of a plane.

In another bizarre incident that took place recently in India, a passenger tried to open the exit gate, mistaking it for the washroom door on a GoAir flight from New Delhi to the Indian city of Patna. The incident took place Saturday.

Cabin crew members rushed toward the man and wrestled to restrain him with the help of other passengers. He was handed over to the Central Industrial Security Force once the flight landed in Patna.
“The youth has been identified as a resident of Kankarbagh. He works with a private bank in Ajmer in Rajasthan and had boarded the GoAir Delhi-Patna flight on Saturday evening. He was a first-time flier and whatever happened was a result of confusion,” Airport Police Station House Officer Mohammad Sanowar Khan told the Telegraph.