Most domestic airlines on Friday banned TDP MP JC Diwakar Reddy from flying after he misbehaved at the Visakhapatnam airport on Thursday evening.
Reddy behaved in an unruly manner when he was denied boarding for an IndiGo flight because he was late. He got into a verbal spat with the ground staff and allegedly threw a printer kept at the airline’s counter after he was informed that boarding for his flight had closed.
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju ordered an enquiry into the matter.
“I will get the entire incident at Vizag Airport enquired into to find out the exact details and ensure that lawful outcomes follow,” Civil Aviation Minister tweeted.
All major airlines including Vistara, GoAir, AirAsia, Air India, Spice Jet and Jet Airways imposed a flying ban on him after the incident.
“After careful consideration of the various issues and ramifications of the actions of Reddy, GoAir has also taken a decision of not accepting any further bookings for the said passenger,” the airline said in a statement.
Similar statements were issued by other airlines.
“AirAsia India does not tolerate abusive or unruly behaviour by passengers that puts the safety of other guests and crew members on board at risk,” the airline said.
On Thursday, Reddy was scheduled to fly from Visakhapatnam to Hyderabad by IndiGo’s flight 6E-608. But he reached airport just 28 minutes before the scheduled departure of the flight which was 8.10 pm.
As per norms laid out by the aviation regulator, airlines close check-in counters for all domestic fights 45 minutes prior to departure. Reddy was however allowed to board the flight but it is not clear if Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who is also from TDP, intervened in the matter. The minister has denied any intervention.
This is not the first time that Reddy has been accused of unruly behaviour. Last year too, the MP had allegedly vandalised the Air India office at Gannavaram airport in Vijaywada after he missed his flight.
Earlier this year, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad was banned from flying in major airlines after he allegedly assaulted an Air India staff.
(With inputs from PTI)