Angry Air India pilot turns to rap
An Air India pilot who made a rap video to complain about poor pay, ageing female flight attendants and cancelled flights has found himself in hot water with his bosses.
The video, called Air India Rap, has become a viral hit since it was posted on You Tube last week clocking up 55,000 views to date.
The rap - which is laced with expletives - begins with the pilot hearing his flight has been cancelled before a hip hop backing track starts.
It starts with a disclaimer which reads: "Dear friends and fellow pilots, the following content is not meant to harm anyone's feelings for the company. I love Air India and am very thankful to ICPA for making every effort to get us out of the mess we are now in."
He goes on to canvas a number of issues with the airline including not being paid, working with older staff and the union not standing up for the pilots.
"It has been more than five months since I haven't got paid. Time n time again and again I have been betrayed."
Later, he discusses some of his older colleagues.
"People work here for a lifetime they never retire. See old faces everyday gets ma ass on fire.
"How do I fly with woman in sixties, they call them air hostesses we call them aunties."
Later, he finishes the rap on a more conciliatory note, saying: "I work with Air India as you know. I love ma company, there is nowhere else I go."
The pilot's bosses have been left unimpressed by the musical offering.
"He works for us, yes," G.P. Rao, a spokesman for the airline, told Agence France Presse.
"We are looking into the issue. The management will decide how to go about it," Rao said.
The Times of India quoted a senior Air India manager as branding the song "an immature act", and adding that the airline would examine the pilot's record "before taking a final view" on whether to discipline him.
State-run Air India is the country's fourth-largest airline and has been plagued by crushing debts.
The airline had also suffered from the impact of rising fuel prices and fierce competition, AFP said.
Last year pilots at the airline staged a two-month strike.