Vistara starts Woman Flyer service, seeks to address sexual harassment during travel

New Delhi-based Vistara has launched a Woman Flyer service in an attempt to help solo-flying female passengers deal with the sexual harassment issues while travelling.

The complementary service provides an escort during the ground transportation and also ensures the middle seats are not allocated to such passengers, said a recent report by Bloomberg.

Sanjiv Kapoor, Vistara’s chief strategy and commercial officer, has termed it a "sincere attempt to ensure peace of mind of our women customers.

"Our staff is equipped to help women travelling alone with the booking of airport-authorized taxis, as well as escort them to the airport taxi stand upon their request,” Kapoor has been quoted as saying in the report.

The airline says about 100 women already avail of the service each day.

Sexual harassment during travel in public transport is rampant in India and most of the cases go unreported as women passengers do not complain either due to the stigma or because they just find it too long winding a process.

However, internationally too the situation is no too different. A report in The Washington Post recently said a 16-year-old was dropped on a United Airlines flight to New Jersey. The teen's family has filed a complaint against the airline for allowing the assaulter to go despite the girl complaining about the incident.


Updated Date: Aug 07, 2017 17:23 PM

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