New Delhi, Mar 20: No-frill carrier SpiceJet paid a rather heavy price for what it thought was adding to the Holi revelry aboard eight flights on Monday. The airline has been served a show cause notice by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) while its two pilots have been placed under suspension.

The cabin crew of SpiceJet performed a small dance sequence on Balam Pichkari from Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani as part of Holi celebrations, with some passengers also joining in.

The videos of these events were taken and uploaded on video-sharing website YouTube and other social media. In one video, a pilot is seen coming out of the cockpit and taking photographs of the celebrations at the front of the aisle. Official sources said the act constituted violation of all safety norms and two pilots were suspended.

The airline ran the eight special flights with extra cabin crew to do a 2.5-minute jig. SpiceJet said the cockpit was manned all the time as per the regulations.

The pilot must be cursing himself for coming out of the cockpit to watch the crew and passengers having fun.