Saturday, June 17, 2017

More airlines ban TDP MP; Raju says CCTV shows all

All major domestic airlines have banned TDP MP Diwakar Reddy from flights citing "unruly behaviour" after he was denied boarding for being late, while the civil aviation minister said the CCTV footage shows all and safety rules are same for MPs and common people.
The minister, Ashok Gajapathi Raju -- who also belongs to TDP -- said the safety rules mandate closing of counters 45 minutes before the flight and there was no need for any further probe in this case as the enquiry into the CCTV footage showed "he has not not done it (reaching on time)".
Reddy allegedly created ruckus at Vizag airport yesterday after being denied boarding by IndiGo as he was late.
"There is no need for a probe. What are you going to probe. The CCTV cameras said it... There are no separate regulations for different classes of people. The safety regulations are the same for all classes including me," Raju told reporters.
"DGCA has issued a safety regulation that people are expected to report 45 minutes before. Notwithstanding anything, he (Reddy) has not done it. It is clear from the CCTV cameras. So that's it," the minister added.
Earlier in the day, Raju said he would get the entire incident "enquired into" and would ensure that "lawful outcomes" follow.

"I will get the entire incident at Vizag airport enquired into to find out the exact details and ensure that lawful outcomes follow," he said in a tweet.
Following yesterday's incident, all major airlines -- IndiGo, Air India, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Vistara and AirAsia India -- have barred Reddy from taking their flights.
The civil aviation minister also denied a media report that he had intervened to ensure Reddy was allowed to board the IndiGo flight and said there was "no such intervention".