Earlier today, the Federation of Indian Airlines, the apex body which has been constituted by the scheduled carriers in India, has banned Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad.
Sukumar, who by Gaikwad's own admission, was hit with sandals "25 times", demanded that the MP must be punished.
A common practice among global and some private Indian airlines, this is the first time the Indian national carrier has blacklisted a rowdy passenger.
The issue cropped up because according to Gaikwad, he had an open business class ticket but was given an economy seat, the Times of India reported. Even though, video can not be shared here due to the obscene language content, here are the excerpts from the discussion that transpired between MP Gaikwad and an Air India, trying to pacify the Shiv Sena leader.
The Delhi Police, meanwhile, registered FIRs against Gaikwad.
The national carrier has filed two separate complaints, with the Delhi Police, against the MP.
Air India has also cancelled the return ticket to Pune of Mr Gaikwad.The step to ban Mr Gaikwad has come in a day after he assaulted an Air India staffer over a seat.
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On Thursday Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad repeatedly hit a 60-year-old Air India officer with sandal in a brazen burst of fury over being unable to travel business class despite having insisted on boarding an all-economy flight. He boarded the aircraft and then waited till it reached New Delhi before venting his ire of the AI staff.
"I had requested him (Gaikwad) to de-board the aircraft as the cleaning staff had to complete their work. How can they not allow me?" he said.
He has refused to apologise, saying instead that it is Air India which should apologise. "I kept asking for a complaint book but they kept refusing".
For the record, the goon MP has 7 serious criminal cases against him, on charges of rioting, wrongful restraint, assaulting a government servant, physical assault and criminal intimidation. I am not scared at all.
After thrashing the Air India employee, the Shiv Sena parliamentarian even bragged about in when local TV channels sought his reaction to the incident. I have been dealing with the public.
Earlier, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and the Centre also took cognizance of the incident and assured a thorough probe into the matter.