Tuesday, March 28, 2017

How Air India, Everyone's Whipping Boy, Finally Found Its Spine After The Ravindra Gaikwad Incident

The other day a writer friend was in a tizzy. He had been invited to judge a prestigious literary award in London. But the organizers had booked his flight on Air India.

"But it's business class," I told him.

"But it's still Air India," he replied despairingly.

Such is the reputation of the Maharaja of airlines these days – a sort of dowager, the antithesis of cool, especially the retro-cool of newer kids on the block like Indigo.

Who would have thought that old Air India, the butt of so many jokes, could suddenly find its spine?

For that if nothing else, Air India should be grateful to Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad. Now Gaikwad is famous all over India (and the internet) for assaulting an Air India employee because he was upset he could not travel business class on a flight that had no business class. He refused to alight from the plane after it had landed. He bragged that he assaulted the staffer with his slippers "25 times".
27/03/17 Sandip Roy/The Huffington Post