The airline later said that the action was taken as the passenger was put on a no-flying list by the airline for 15 days in February 2022.
However, the accused social media influencer Balvinder Kataria, better known as Bobby Kataria claimed that it was a dummy plane and it was a part of his shooting in Dubai.
Defending himself, Mr Kataria said the video in question is an old video.
“The video in which I was seen smoking is not a normal airplane, it was a dummy plane and that was a part of my shooting in Dubai. I want to ask everyone; how can a lighter make its way into an airplane? It would be detected by a scanner. A cigarette still one can carry, but not a lighter. It was shot in 2019 or 2020,” Mr Kataria had said.
In the video, Mr Kataria was seen lying down on the aircraft seat and lighting a cigarette and taking a couple of puffs.
In a statement SpiceJet said, the matter had been investigated thoroughly in January 2022 when the video was brought to our notice and a complaint had been filed by the airline with the Udyog Vihar police station in Gurugram.
The matter came to the airline’s notice on January 24, 2022, through social media posts.
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