Ravindra Gaikward-Air India row: Airline mulls ‘no fly’ list of unruly passengers

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad allegedly hit the Air India's duty manager Shivkumar with his slipper several times

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 24, 2017 3:57 am


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Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who assaulted an Air India staff on board a Pune-Delhi flight, may not be able to fly with the national carrier again as the airline is thinking of preparing a no-fly list for unruly passengers — which will feature Gaikwad. “Air India is examining the creation of a no-fly list of unruly passengers, along the lines of other carriers,” a senior airline official said.

Gaikwad, who was flying on an Air India flight from Pune to Delhi, allegedly hit the airline’s duty manager Shivkumar with his slipper several times after the staffer asked him to deboard at the Delhi airport.

Recently, there have been several reported incidents of unruly behaviour by fliers onboard various airlines. Last month, AirAsia India filed a police complaint in Bangalore against two drunk fliers for creating “nuisance” onboard one of its flights. In January, IndiGo was forced to tie down a passenger to his seat for being violent onboard its flight from Dubai for New Delhi.

According to officials, between July 2016 and February 2017, as many as 53 incidents of unruly behaviour by passengers have been reported by domestic airline companies. According to the global aviation body, International Air Transport Association (IATA), “unruly passengers” are one of the top three safety issues that concern cabin crew. As per the IATA, in 2015, there were 10,854 reported cases of unruly behaviour by passengers across airlines worldwide — which is one incident for every 1,205 flights.

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  1. K
    Mar 24, 2017 at 1:31 am
    Disrupting flight operations, be it on ground or in the air is a criminal act with malicious intent and if it is not so defined the law should be made or amended accordingly. What happens if the disruption turns out to be ploy to help or abet a more serious crime or an act of terror. Is there a provision for granting immunity merely because an individual happens to be a member of the legislature or parliament or a public figure. In this case, there is also the matter of physical ault and if it is true that the airline employee was on the verge of being thrown off the aircraft which would have caused serious injury or the fall could have been fatal. In the latter case, the penger-in this case the member of the parliament would be a candidate for prosecution for attempt to murder. The law has to make no distinction between this individual and any other common citizen. The fact that this individual proudly proclaims that there are already several criminal charges against him does not reflect well on our law enforcement and judiciary and it certainly does not bode well for the country.
    1. S
      Sathyadevan Raghavan
      Mar 24, 2017 at 3:11 am
      Well, the Leftist Revolutionaries are free to blame the PMO, they are free to lobby for super bold headlines on 'national dailies': "BJP Ally aulted Air India Staff"lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;But, we the people of India are doomed to bear with this type of s whom we elect as our "Rajahs". Don't he know that a flight having "all economy" seating configuration is not the fault of an employee of low rank.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It is the fault of this and his ic deputies! On selecting the flight, they should have ensured whether it provides business or first cl seats. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Why a 'people's representative' is very much particular that he shall travel only on BC or FC? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;We are at fault? Why do we opt to elect these goons as lawmakers?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;He should be proceeded criminally against and reprimanded for his wrong doings.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There was a practice in good olden days to punish those found guilty of something: Tonsure (shave off the scalp) and mount them on an facing rearward and make him rally along the streets, and in those days this was considered the extreme means of inflicting insult upon the guilty. We must think of reinstating this system!