Airlines can’t impose flying ban on anyone: RS Deputy Chairman Kurien

Reddy was second MP after Ravindra Gaikwad who was banned from flying domestic airlines. A flying ban was imposed on Gaikwad in March 2017 after he hit an Air India officer with slippers for not providing him business class seat on an economy flight.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 20, 2017 2:48 pm
rajya sabha news, flying ban news, india news, indian express news “MPs are also citizens … if they commit a crime or mistake, the law of the land should take recourse to it,” the Deputy Chairman said. (Source: PTI Photo)

A day after different airlines lifted the ban imposed on Telugu Desam Party MP J C Diwakar Reddy, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said Thursday that airlines have no authority to impose a flying ban on anybody, including parliamentarians, as he added that the law of the land should take its course.

“MPs are also citizens … if they commit a crime or mistake, the law of the land should take recourse to it,” the Deputy Chairman said after Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agrawal raised the issue of flying ban by major domestic airlines, including state-owned Air India, asking if the airlines could impose such restrictions. Such an action was a breach of privilege of the Members of Parliament, Agrawal said.

Kurien replied saying he agreed Agrawal has raised a “valid point” and if any MP has committed a crime or something against the law, the law of the land should take its course. “Airlines are not given the authority to punish anybody. I think the government should take note of it.”

“It is a punishment imposed on an MP for some crime…This cannot be done. This is not a thing to be punished by airlines,” he was quoted as saying by PTI. While Congress MP Anand Sharma said the word ‘crime’ should be replaced with ‘violation,’ Kurien said if a person beats up someone, it is a crime.

On June 15, Reddy got into a verbal spat with IndiGo ground staff at Visakhapatnam airport and threw a printer after he was informed that boarding for his flight had been closed. Before Reddy, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad had been banned from flying domestic airlines after he repeatedly hit an Air India officer with slippers for not providing him a business class seat on an all-economy flight. The ban was later lifted.

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    mtv
    Jul 20, 2017 at 2:58 pm
    My foot!, Kurian. What law of the land, you are talking about? When a large number of MPs and MLAs have criminal background, what justice we can expect from the Justice system?
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      Diplomat
      Jul 20, 2017 at 2:52 pm
      Yes. There cannot be a unilateral ban unless approved by court / law. It is like a restaurant which cannot refuse to accept entry to anyone, airlines are supposed to fly the passengers who pay the legitimate fare and have id on them. Airlines should seek law and order intervention. At the best they can ask court to pass interim direction about no-fly condition (like they take passports in some cases).
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        rocky
        Jul 20, 2017 at 4:13 pm
        are you really that duffer or have you not been to any good restaurants. all good restaurants, clubs, bars, hotels etc. have entry rules. i.e. if you are not deemed fit by those, you may not enter. It's private property, not social property.
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      2. Vaideeswaran M. S.
        Jul 20, 2017 at 2:39 pm
        Will the airlines question his ruling in a court?
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          Parul
          Jul 20, 2017 at 2:21 pm
          What the !? What would've happened if a layman had done the same with the airline staff? Would he also have been given a let off?! These wacks need to be kept in line. The Airlines should have this right and also citizens should have the right to appeal against such suspensions.
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            Diplomat
            Jul 20, 2017 at 2:53 pm
            They can slap a police case. This action will be same irrespective of the status of the person traveling.
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            ATWOZ
            Jul 20, 2017 at 2:05 pm
            Isn't the businesses have right to not deal with customers they wish not too? Why would Airline business be different.
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