Monday, March 27, 2017

Wrap-up: Sena MP stirs up an AI storm

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who is at the centre of a raging storm for assaulting an elderly Air India employee, was on Friday barred from flying all major domestic airlines in an unprecedented step in Indian aviation history.

The MP from Maharashtra’s Osmanabad, however, continued to brazen it out and remained unapologetic about his conduct.

Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered against him on the basis of the complaint lodged by Air India for repeatedly hitting with sandals 62-year-old duty manager R. Sukumar on a Pune-Delhi flight after it landed in the national capital on Thursday over not being able to fly business class despite having boarded an all-economy flight.

The national carrier had also lodged another complaint against him for holding up the aircraft.

Taking retributive action, the national carrier cancelled Gaikwad’s return ticket to Pune after he boastfully asserted he would board the afternoon flight. Private airline IndiGo followed suit as, in an unprecedented show of unity, several air operators imposed a “ban” on him. The Federation of Indian Airlines, which has Jet Airways, SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir as its members, issued a statement declaring it has decided to “ban” the MP from flying on its aircraft.
27/03/17 The Asian Age