Air India Refuses To Fly Shiv Sena MP Once Again

New Delhi: The unrepentant Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad was shown the door by Air India for the second time in a week by cancelling his ticket on Tuesday.

” I hit him (The Air India employee) 25 times with my slippers,” Gaikwad had that audacity to repeat at media conference. He had an altercation with Deputy Manager of Air India Sukumar Raman,60, when he flew from Pune to Delhi. The MP was upset that he had to fly economy in spite of holding Ma business class ticket. The aircraft he chose to fly had no business section. The officer did not have any option except requesting the NP to get adjusted with economy class.

Shiv Sena said it is for Air India to introspect for the poor quality of services. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan pitched on Monday for an amicable resolution of the issue involving domestic airlines’ blanket ban on Shiv Sena MP. “MPs have to attend Parliament and they cannot travel by train always. At times, they need to travel by plane also. I feel that this issue (blanket ban) should be resolved amicably through talks,” said the Speaker. However, she made it clear that she is not passing judgment on the issue. As many as six private domestic airlines have put Gaikwad on no flying list.

The current Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) on ‘handling unruly/disruptive passengers’ has ‘some gaps’ which needs to be plugged, said an officer dealing with the issue.

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