In celebration of a Hindu festival known as Holi, the crews on several SpiceJet flights added a little color to their service by performing a choreographed dance after takeoff last Monday, March 17th. Passengers sang and clapped along with delight, filming the show with their mobile phones and later posting the videos to social media.
The dance seemed harmless, but the subsequent surfacing of videos online ended up shooting SpiceJet in the foot. India's version of the FAA, the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), sent the carrier a notice that threatened sanctions and asked for an explanation as to why its license should not be suspended. The DGCA said that the dance could have created an unruly environment on the plane. As you'll see in the video below, even the pilots came out of the cockpit to participate in the organized event. According to reports, a professional choreographer trained about 30 SpiceJet crew members for the dance.
SpiceJet said it would reply to the DGCA by Friday, so we'll see how this all shakes out. We're all for in-flight safety, but a suspension of SpiceJet's license seems a little steep. As good a watchdog platform as it can be, this unfortunately sheds light on the downside of social media: Its ability to turn people into unintentional tattletales.