Pvt airlines bar Sena MP after assault on Air India staff

RSTV Bureau

A day after an incident of Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad’s fight with an Air India employ came into public, private air carriers have barred the Shiv Sena  member from flying in their planes.

The Federation of Indian Airlines, which has Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir as its members, has taken a “strong view of the incident and accordingly taken a decision to bar Gaikwad from flying”, an FIA source said.

Ravindra-Gaikwad

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad

The FIA will not allow the Sena MP to fly on its member carriers, the source said. It is likely to come out with a detailed statement on the issue soon.

Meanwhile, Budget carrier IndiGo today said it will support any move which bars unruly passengers from flying, a day after Air India said it was mulling preparing a no-fly list for such people.

“We will support a no-fly list,” IndiGo President and Whole Time Director Aditya Ghosh told PTI.

The Shiv Sena has sought an explanation from Gaikwad, after the incident was reported on Thursday. “The party has sought an explanation from Gaikwad over the incident. The Sena does not condone violence of any kind,” Harshal Pradhan, media adviser to Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, told media.

“We have also sought a version of the incident from the AirIndia (AI) staffer. The Sena has a workers’ union in Air India,” he said.

On Thursday, Gaikwad had repeatedly hit a 60-year-old Air India officer with sandal over being unable to travel business class despite having insisted on boarding an all-economy flight.