Saturday, June 17, 2017

From Ravindra Gaikwad to Diwakar Reddy: Why a no-fly list should have been ready by now

New Delhi: Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad beat up an Air India staffer with his slippers in April this year. This led to all domestic airlines promptly barring him from flying in a month when he had to frequently travel to Delhi to attend Parliament. He was allowed back aboard only after a weak apology to the Minister of Civil Aviation and after the Lok Sabha Speaker also seemed to suggest that a mere apology will correct this bizarre situation. So will the aam aadmi, who in case misbehaves in a similar fashion while on board, be allowed back after a mere apology? Nah. This privilege, like so many others, has till now been reserved only for the peoples’ representatives. Yesterday, another MP allegedly misbehaved with the crew of a private airline and was similarly barred by all the airlines from flying later in the day.

An NDTVreport said JC Diwakar Reddy, the Telugu Desam Party lawmaker who created a ruckus at the Visakhapatnam airport after being denied a boarding pass for arriving late by IndiGo, refused to apologise for his behaviour. Perhaps, even seeking an apology for atrocious behavior is asking too much of our MPs. Remember, Diwakar Reddy is from the same political party as Civil Aviation Minister A Gajapathi Raju, and the minister has already denied asking IndiGo to allow Reddy to board the flight yesterday after the incident. It seems despite the violence he unleashed at the airport, IndiGo did allow him to fly and the ban by this and other airlines was imposed later.
16/06/17 Sindhu Bhattacharya/First Post