Thursday, January 30, 2020

Fears over rights of passenger loom after airlines ban Kunal Kamra

New Delhi: A tweet from Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri made four major airlines ban stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra for 60 days even though the crew of IndiGo, where the incident took place, filed no complaints.
IndiGo suspended Kamra from flying for six months after he confronted Republic TV editor Arnab Goswami about his style of reporting on board one of its flights from Mumbai to Lucknow on January 28. The ban was followed by Air India, SpiceJet and GoAir after Puri tweeted: “We are left with no other option but ask other operators to impose similar restrictions.”
The move has raised fears that the government can use the no-fly list to settle political scores, undermining freedom of citizens.
Sudhakar Reddy, president of Air Passengers Association of India, said the no-fly list is heavily tilted in favour of airlines. “The success of any law lies in it balancing the interests of all concerned. Unfortunately, at first glance, these rules look skewed against passengers. Who gave the right to airlines to ban the passenger without any enquiry? In all laws you are innocent till proven guilty,” Reddy said.
30/01/20 Arindam Majumder/Business Standard

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