The Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA), an umbrella organisation representing IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and GoAir has prohibited Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad. The air India team thinks to take action against Ravindra Gaikwad as he is engaged in assaulting an Air India staffer over an argument yesterday.
The rift actually took place over seating from flying on any of the carriers. While Air India, which is not a part of the body, confirmed that the politician has been blacklisted and he also accepted the fact about slapping the crew member 25 times, budget carrier IndiGo said they support any such move.
From business class air travel to a long, overnight train journey! Shiv Sena parliamentarian Ravindra Gaikwad was forced to take a New Delhi-Mumbai train on Friday after all major airlines in the country put him on their no-fly list for assaulting a senior Air India official.
IndiGo President and Whole Time Director Aditya Ghosh stated to a news agency PTI, “We will support a no-fly list.”
This is the first time in India when a passenger has been blacklisted by airlines for his unpredictable behavior. “Airlines staffers – cutting across all carriers – are very upset with what Gaikwad did on an Air India plane. He may get violent again. We also fear that other passengers and/or airline/airport staff may return the favour to the MP, in the interest of safety, he may have to be barred from flying,” stated by an airline official.
Meanwhile, even after his party disowning him, the MP remains stuck and till now he is refused to apologize for his actions.
He instead seeking apology from the AI crew member. Gaikwad, the MP from Osmanabad had come under heavy criticism when he got in a rift with a 60 year old Air India officer on the Delhi-Pune flight after he was not given a business class seat. He was infuriated as he had to complete his journey via economy class.
A video went viral on Thursday, which shows that Gaikwad is seen hitting the official after the flight landed at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Airport. The Air India has lodged a FIRs against the Shiv Sena MP because of this incident.
In a Facebook post Air India Chairman Ashwani Lohani said the national carrier is taking the incident very seriously to sort out the matter.