Saturday, March 25, 2017

Airlines back AI: Why doesn't govt make a no-fly list for troublemakers?

New Delhi: Airline executives in unison demanded a no-fly list on the lines of those in other countries so that habitual offenders could be debarred from boarding aircraft.

In a rare show of strength, private airlines decided they would refuse to fly Shiv Sena parliamentarian Ravindra Gaikwad for allegedly assaulting an Air India employee on Thursday.

“Air India and FIA member airlines have decided to ban this Member of Parliament from flying on all our flights with immediate effect,” a statement from the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) said. The FIA is a lobby group of private airlines IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir and Jet Airways.

The airlines also demanded exemplary action against the accused MP for assaulting the employee. Air India Chairman Ashwani Lohani stated full support for the 60-year-old employee.

“Passengers displaying disturbing and abusive behavior get away with it. We have raised the issue with the ministry and the DGCA several times but with little effect,” said an executive with a private airline.
25/03/17 Arindam Majumdar/Business Standard