Air India deliberates creating no-fly list post unruly behaviour of MP

Posted March 28, 2017

Agitated by the treatment meted out to its MP, Shiv Sena will be bringing a privilege motion in Parliament against major airlines for including him on the no-fly list.

The official was repeatedly hit with sandals when he persuaded the MP to disembark after the plane landed at the IGI airport from Pune following which two FIRs were registered against him by the Delhi police on the basis of the complaint lodged by Air India.

India's civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said: "Violence of any kind can be a disaster for airlines". The Union Civil Aviation Minister was also present in the meeting. But "never in the wildest of dreams had I expected an MP to get caught in this", he said.

New Delhi, Mar 27 Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today pitched for an amicable resolution of the issue involving domestic airlines' blanket ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad. Amid shut shops and deserted markets, Sena activists took out a bike rally.

Shiv Sena MPs on Monday demanded lifting of the ban imposed by various airlines on party lawmaker Ravindra Gaikwad, but the government said airlines had the right to refuse a passenger if they found his "demeanour" to be incorrect.

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Adsul referred to a recent incident of alleged misbehaviour by comedian Kapil Sharma during a flight from Australia and wondered why no action was taken against him. Air India said that their employees are agitated and might harm the MP in this case. He has since maintained a low profile and is said to have moved to a secret location. The Sena has called for a shutdown in Maharashtra's Osmanabad, the constituency that Gaikwad represents in Parliament. His mode of transport this time remains unclear.

With the minister giving no positive response, the Shiv Sena members expressed their unhappiness by trooping into the Well of the House. "So the DGCA, who is the regulator on safety, gave a civil aviation requirement which empowered airlines to deny boarding to any passenger... it is not to deny boarding to an MP, but for any passenger whose demeanour is incorrect", he said.

Air India and six private airlines banned the 56-year-old MP from flying as he refused to apologise for the incident that triggered nationwide outrage.

Also, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has sought an explanation from him over the incident. He claimed that his ticket was for business class but Air India provided him economy class.