Friday, March 24, 2017

Govt says crew, passengers' safety vital, unruly behaviour unacceptable

New Delhi: The government on Friday said the safety of fliers and cabin crew is a top priority and unruly behaviour will not be tolerated.

The statement came after the assault on an airline manager by a Shiv Sena MP snowballed into a controversy.

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said law will take its course and one has to ensure that such “regrettable incidents” are never repeated.

“It was an unfortunate incident. It should never have happened. What has to happen (now), will happen. I am not saying no action has to be taken. Action has to be taken and we will do it. That is not the problem at all. I am also an MP. We are not above the law and we have to follow the law of the land,” he told reporters outside the Parliament House.

Raju said his ministry is also working on creating institutional mechanisms to check undesirable flight behaviour and unruly passengers.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said people expect dignified conduct from MPs.
24/03/17 Deccan Herald