After Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad assaulted elderly Air India security officer, it sparked a widespread outrage. Now five Indian airlines have banned him from flying on their aircraft. In spite of this, the MP refused to apologize for the alleged assault.
A statement by the Federation of Indian Airlines, which represents Indigo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways, GoAir, and Air India read, “The airlines demand strict action be taken against the Member of Parliament by law enforcement agencies. We believe that an assault on any one of our employees is an assault on all of us and on ordinary law-abiding citizens of our country who work 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. We believe that exemplary action should be taken in such incidents to protect employee morale and public safety,” the statement further read.
Gaikwad is an MP from Osmanabad in Maharashtra, who refused to de-board a Pune-Delhi Air India flight yesterday after assaulting the staff with slippers.