Ravindra Gaikwad, the Shiv Sena MP, was banned from the domestic airlines Air-India for knowing to have hit one of the staff members. Strict guidelines are being laid down on how to treat staff members and the crew on how to treat passengers.
This was his reaction to the release of draft rules by the Centre on unruly and disruptive passengers that recommended a flying ban for three months and more. Gaikwad was reported to repeatedly hit an Air India employee with a slipper for not being allowed to fly business class on an all-economy plane. On the 23rd of March, he hit a staff member 25 times for not being allowed to fly in business class.
“There are some guidelines already existing and updating it is a routine procedure. I think the ministry has deliberately announced it to remind people of the entire episode,” Gaikwad said.
This incident triggered an outrage and a flying ban was imposed on him by domestic airlines for two weeks, which forced him to switch to trains for travelling between Delhi and Mumbai. Later when Gaikwad apologised for the incident, on April 8, Air India and other domestic airlines lifted the ban.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has proposed the list which will include names of passengers identified as unruly after an inquiry by a committee constituted by a particular airline. A person identified as a threat by security agencies will also be included in this list.
He has banned again from Air India and the tickets he booked from the 17th to 24th April, from Mumbai to Delhi were cancelled. Gaikwad, an MP from Osmanabad, was banned by six airlines after the incident last month. This was the 7th attempt on Gaikwad’s part that he tried to book a ticket for the airline. He was banned by six airlines after having hot a staff member of Air India.
“We have installed filters in our booking system and six different name combination of Gaikwad have been filtered. Whenever anyone tries to book tickets using these six names, our staff receives an alert,” said an Air India official.
Gaikwad wrote in a letter to the civil aviation minister Gajapathi Raju stating that he regrets the unfortunate incident but stopped short of tendering an apology to either the national carrier or to the staffer concerned. The Air India Cabin Crew Association responded saying that Gaikwad should not be allowed to fly until he tenders an unconditional apology.
In a letter to the Air India Chairman and managing director Ashwin Lohani, the association has said that a decision by either the ministry of civil aviation or parliament to lift the ban will affect the spirit of the employees.
The Indian Commercial Pilot’s Association has also demanded and unconditional apology from the MP which if he fails, are threatening to not fly him.
“ICPA strongly condemns his misconduct and demands an unconditional apology for the same, failing which we will be constrained to direct our members not to operate any flight which has Mr Ravindra Gaikwad on board in the interest of the safety and security of our own people,” the organisation wrote in a letter to the Civil Aviation Minister.