Shiv Sena MP Gaikwad may be put on Air India ‘no-fly’ list, FIA denies banning him

Senior Air India officials are meeting on Friday to decide how to blacklist Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who assaulted an Air India official at Delhi Airport, and create a no-fly list for unruly passengers.

A senior official from the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA), an umbrella body of four domestic carriers, denied media reports that it had barred Gaikwad from flying.

The FIA’s association director, Ujjwal Dey, told Hindustan Times: “We have not banned the MP. We do not have powers to ban anyone. In any case, Air India is not part of the FIA.” The body represents IndiGo, Go Air, SpiceJet and Jet Airways.

Gaikwad had hit a 60-year-old airline duty manager with his sandal on Thursday on a Pune-Delhi flight AI 852. He was allegedly angry because Air India changed his seat from business to economy class. The MP refused to come out of the aircraft for almost an hour. He started hitting the staff when he was requested to de-board. Air India said Gaikwad had an open ticket for business class, which means he could have travelled in any Air India flight.

The legal team will also suggest ways. We will prepare a list of such flyers in the past two years and put their details in the system. Once they try to book through Air India, their name will be showed in the blacklisted category,” said an Air India official.

The airline will also come up with a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and guidelines and define various parameters of unruly behaviour.

“Harassing an air hostess or manhandling airline staff will fall under the category and we will define other parts of unruly behaviour of passengers. We will see how other airlines are doing it,” the official added.


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