Indian Airport Chaos

There was chaos at many Indian airports on September 8, 2009, when at least 400 pilots belonging to private airline Jet Airways all took mass sick leave to protest against the sacking of two of their colleagues.  “Regrettably, a section of the pilots who were rostered for operations have resorted to a simulated strike by reporting sick,” a Jet Airways spokesperson said.  The recently formed National Aviators Guild, a union of some of the Jet Airways pilots, called the strike in support of their two colleagues.  The Guild’s president, Girish Kaushik, said two senior pilots were dismissed because they were instrumental in forming the union, which is not recognised by the airline.  The strike went on for five days and affected more than 800 of Jet Airways services, leaving passengers stranded across the country.  The two pilots were reinstated by the airline, and flights have now returned to normal.