Perhaps no other issue unites India as quickly as wrath against political masters. Shiv Sena parliamentarian Ravindra Gaikwad must never have thought his abrasive show of power would unite the aviation community in an unprecedented manner.
In a rare show of strength, major private airlines decided they would refuse to board the lawmaker, accused of assaulting an ordinary law-abiding citizen who works hard to earn a living.
“Air India and FIA member airlines have decided to ban this Member of Parliament from flying on all our flights with immediate effect,” read a statement from Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA). FIA is a lobby group of private airlines IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir and Jet Airways and AirAsia India.The airlines also demanded exemplary action against the accused of assaulting the employee. The Air India officials being government servants understandably were more reserved about their statement but Air India Chairman Ashwani Lohani publicly stated full support for the 60 year old employee.
Passengers displaying disturbing and abusive behavior get away with it. We have raised the issue with the ministry and the DGCA several times but with little effect,” said an executive with a private airline.
Vistara and AirAsia
also joined the ban. “We support the statement made by Air India
and the FIA, and are in full solidarity with them in support of the ban. The concerned individual will be barred from flying on any of our flights with immediate effect,” a Vistara spokesperson said.
The Delhi Police has registered an FIR against Gaikwad for assaulting the Air India
staffer and transferred the case to its crime branch.
According to data provided by the government, there have been 53 such incidents reported by the airlines since last July.
Credit By: Business Standard