Saturday, March 25, 2017

FIA’s move to ban Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad shows some spine

New Delhi: The Federation of Indian Airlines has shown some spine finally to come out in support of Air India and its aggrieved staffer who was beaten up by Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad with his slipper 25 times onboard a flight. Air India and FIA banned Gaikwad from flying on their aircraft from immediate effect.
The MP had assaulted the staffer after the latter asked him to vacate the plane after it had landed in Delhi but he was miffed as he didn’t get to fly in business class. It is also good to see that the FIA came in support of a non-member airline–Air India. Members of the FIA include IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and GoAir.
There are signs that when self-styled heavyweights like Gaikwad try to bully, there is some unity in the airline sector which will safeguard the honour of employees in such situations.
MPs, MLAs and other ‘VVIPs’ have caused many fracas and created a nuisance in the past at many places and have gotten away easily.
24/03/17 Kanishka Singh/Indian Express