IndiGo, other airlines ban TDP MP over Vizag airport ruckus

Angry at being denied boarding, Reddy reached across a counter of IndiGo Airlines and pushed a ticket printer which fell down and got damaged.

By: Express News Service | Hyderabad | Updated: June 16, 2017 8:18 am
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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP J C Diwakar Reddy made a ruckus at Vizag airport on Thursday afternoon after he was not allowed to board an IndiGo flight to Hyderabad, prompting a flying ban against him by the budget carrier, Air India, SpiceJet and Jet Airways.

Angry at being denied boarding, Reddy reached across a counter of IndiGo Airlines and pushed a ticket printer which fell down and got damaged.

IndiGo earlier in the day said it was investigating the incident but in the evening, PTI reported that IndiGo had barred Reddy from its flights following his alleged unruly behaviour.

“The staff politely informed him that boarding for flight 6E-608 was closed and offered to accommodate Reddy in a subsequent flight. Reddy expressed his annoyance and soon raged against the staff member using aggressive and abusive behaviour,” IndiGo said in a statement earlier. Reddy later took a different flight.

Reddy created a similar ruckus on October 29, 2016, at Vijayawada airport after being denied a boarding pass after he arrived late for his flight to Hyderabad.

No complaint was registered, police officers who intervened said Reddy had an argument with the airline staff as he claimed he had arrived on time while the staff claimed that boarding had closed minutes ago. Before he was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2014, Reddy was a six-time MLA.

Earlier this year, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad was temporarily banned by airlines from flying after he assaulted an Air India staffer, triggering a major controversy. The Centre released its draft rules for a national no-fly list for unruly passengers.

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    TIHAEwale
    Jun 16, 2017 at 8:52 am
    this person is a successful politician who is a people representative from Tadipatri for over 25 years he has executed quite a few projects in town but that doesn't give him licence for misbehaviour.
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      Ram Narayanan
      Jun 16, 2017 at 8:04 am
      Effing MPs.....throw these s and thugs in jail.
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        Avinash
        Jun 16, 2017 at 7:19 am
        This coward pushing people from behind, and destroying public property dedicated to the safety of flyers ought to be incarcerated for at least ten years. He should be stripped off of his Rajya Sabha membership.
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          Ram Narayanan
          Jun 16, 2017 at 8:05 am
          Agree totally.
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            mtv
            Jun 16, 2017 at 8:53 am
            No question of stripping Rajya Sabha or Lok Sabha membership of any one like this guy when, may be more than half the members there, are thugs, criminals and corrupts.
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            M.P.Rao
            Jun 16, 2017 at 6:51 am
            When will some of our honorable MPs and MLAs act in an honourable way in public dealings?Why do they act in an aggressive manner?They must remember that they are public representatives and leaders and therefore should set an example to others.
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              Ram Narayanan
              Jun 16, 2017 at 8:05 am
              Wholeheartedly concur.
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              Kolsat
              Jun 16, 2017 at 4:59 am
              This incident shows yet again the arrogance Indian MPs. They should realise that the airline staff always follow their instructions. There must be a protocol which all MPs and MLAs must follow and if they do not then they should be fined or thrown out. I support the step taken by the airlines in banning this violent man.
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                Ram Narayanan
                Jun 16, 2017 at 8:06 am
                You're so right.
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