IndiGo, Air India bar TDP MP JC Diwakar Reddy from its flights after ruckus at Vizag airport

Reddy had allegedly vandalised the Air India office at Gannavaram airport in Vijayawada after he missed his flight. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 15, 2017 10:45 pm
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Budget airline IndiGo announced its decision to bar TDP MP JC Diwakar Reddy from its flights after the MP created ruckus at the Vishakapatnam airport earlier Thursday. Reddy, who represents Anantapur constituency in the Lok Sabha, was not allowed to board a flight to Hyderabad after he reportedly turned up late at the airport. The MP then went on a rampage pushing an airline staffer and throwing a printer on the floor after he was not allowed to board the aircraft. Air India also announced that it was barring the MP from its flights.

The airline said Reddy arrived 28 minutes prior to the departure of his flight to Hyderabad. As per DGCA norms, airlines close check-in counters for all domestic fights 45 minutes prior to departure.

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

However, the airline maintained, “Any untoward conduct which compromises the safety and security of our passengers and staff is a serious concern to us. Safety and security of passengers, crew and the aircraft is the top priority and it cannot be compromised.”

The MP on his part denied assaulting an airline staffer.

Reddy had allegedly vandalised the Air India office at Gannavaram airport in Vijayawada after he missed his flight.

Earlier this year, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad was temporarily banned by a federation of airlines after he assaulted a contract employee of Air India. The Centre released its draft rules for a national no-fly list for unruly passengers and proposed a ban on flying from three months up to an indefinite period. The government is expected to finalise these rules shortly.

(With inputs from PTI)

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  1. A
    Jun 16, 2017 at 10:32 pm
    These goons should be banned the moment they reach the airport in a laal Batti vehicle. They're bloody fools who have unfortunately been elected by the common man without any proper background check being done against them.
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      Ashok ayyappa
      Jun 16, 2017 at 11:31 am
      Yes...Ban these unruly fellows from travelling on flights..trains..even buses..if they do not behave properly.
      1. K
        kulaputra kulaputra
        Jun 16, 2017 at 6:05 am
        why did the have him on the same flight ? Will the PM control this unruly gangsters ?
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          Suneet Sood
          Jun 16, 2017 at 2:47 am
          They will relent. The airlines always relent. Don't they realise that our politicians are above the law?
          1. V
            Jun 15, 2017 at 11:30 pm
            This is a business for Indigo..... Worst airlines they purposely delay security check and then suddenly announce with rude behaviour like an goon that u can't board.... Due to boarding is before 25 min.... Never Indigo... They claim low cost... Due to this I lost 15000 Rs.... Hope I can kick them one day, for what they have done to me
            1. A
              Jun 16, 2017 at 10:36 pm
              Whther what indigo does with its boarding procedures they are there to handle it as per the process, however that does not give any individual the right to beat or abuse or assault any crew member or an individual anywhere just Because he has been elected. Let these goons not forget they are there because of the people who have voted for them else they would have been at the signals begging for their bread and butter. You seem to have personal issues with indigo but don't forget tomorrow you could be one of those passengers to actually get beaten up by one such goon elected by you only.
            2. S
              Jun 15, 2017 at 11:13 pm
              Why was this MP allowed to board the same flight? It makes no sense because this MP will not learn anything.Make a point and stick with it?
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