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According to SpiceJet, the video – in which Kataria is seen lying in the seat of the plane, lighting a cigarette and taking a few puffs – was shot on January 20, 2022. (Picture: Videograb/[email protected]_nicks)

Video of smoking on plane: Aviation Minister Scindia says investigation underway, Bobby Kataria says it’s a dummy plane

After a video of a social media influencer and bodybuilder Bobby Kataria aka Balwant Kataria from Gurgaon lighting a cigarette inside a SpiceJet plane was shared by several people on social media, the Minister of Aviation Civil Union, Jyotiraditya Scindia, ordered an investigation into the case.

“Investigating. There will be no tolerance for such dangerous behavior,” Scindia tweeted Thursday.

In the video, Kataria is seen lying on the seat of the plane, lighting a cigarette and taking a few puffs, which poses a safety risk.

SpiceJet on Thursday released a statement saying the video was old and they filed a complaint about it. The statement also said that Kataria had been placed on the “no fly” list for a period of 15 days in February.

Gurugram police, meanwhile, said they had received the complaint but had no jurisdiction over the case.


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