Tuesday, July 19, 2022

IndiGo imposes travel ban on Kerala's LDF convenor, 2 Youth Cong workers

New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram: IndiGo has imposed a flying ban on Kerala ruling front LDF's Convenor EP Jayarajan and two Youth Congress workers in connection with the scuffle onboard the plane carrying state Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan last month.

The development triggered a fresh political slugfest between the Left and Congress on Monday.

The country's largest airline's decision comes a little over a month after the incident on June 13, when the two protestors shouted slogans against the chief minister inside the IndiGo aircraft soon after it landed at Thiruvananthapuram airport from Kannur. Jayarajan, who was also onboard, allegedly pushed aside the two protesters.

A three-week travel ban has been imposed on Jayarajan and a two-week ban each on the two Youth Congress workers, Farzeen Majid and Naveen Kumar, according to sources.

There was no comment from IndiGo on the decision.

Under the aviation regulations, airlines have the power to ban passengers for varying periods for unruly behaviour. The ban means that the three individuals cannot fly IndiGo for the specified period as they are now included in the no-fly list of the airline.

Irked by the three-week ban, an outspoken Jayarajan on Monday said neither he nor his family would ever travel by IndiGo.

"Neither me nor my family will ever travel by Indigo again. I will walk to my destination if required but will not travel on their planes," he said.

The state's ruling CPI (M) protested the flying ban on Jayarajan and urged the airline to re-examine its decision.

However, Congress, the opposition party in the state, has demanded the arrest of Jayarajan for his unruly behaviour.

Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly VD Satheesan alleged Jayarajan committed a more serious crime than the alleged crime committed by the Youth Congress workers.

"The Chief Minister said in the Assembly that Jayarajan did not commit any crime. A case should be registered against Jayarajan who beat up the protesting Youth Congress workers," he told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram.

As per norms, when an airline receives a complaint of unruly/disruptive behaviour by a passenger, then the incident shall be referred by the airline concerned to an Internal Committee. The committee decides the period of flying ban for such passengers.

19/07/22 PTI/Business Standard

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