In a first-of-its-kind move in the aviation industry, national carrier Air India will reserve six seats for women on its flights operating on domestic routes from next week.
The move aimed at ameliorating the plight of women who suffer several inconveniences while traveling from one location to the other is a welcome idea which other transport systems are urged to consider.
According to Air India Spokesperson, at times, a woman traveling alone gets a middle or window seat on the aircraft, which puts her to inconvenience, particularly while going to the washroom. This necessitated the airline to keep some seats reserved for them on aircraft flying on domestic routes.
Keeping this in mind, it has been decided to keep all the six seats in the third row of the economy class on Airbus A320 reserved only for women from January 18, he said.
“However, woman travelling with their family members would not be entitled to these seats,” the spokesperson said.