Ravindra Gaikwad a Shiv Sena MP has been banned from five major Indian airlines after hitting an Air India official on Thursday. He hit the person repeatedly with his slipper because of not getting a business class ticket.
He had booked an open ticket on the Pune-Delhi flight AI-852. But the aircraft had all economy class seats.
“He had booked an open ticket on the Pune-Delhi flight AI-852. But the aircraft which was pulled in to operate the flight had an all-economy configuration. Gaikwad’s staff in Delhi were informed about this on Wednesday. They decided to go ahead and said that the politician would board the flight,” said an AI official.
The airline’s duty manager went to the aircraft to pacify the MP. “He apologised for the inconvenience he had to go through in the economy-class. He was requesting him to deboard when the angry MP started abusing him and slapping him with his footwear. He hit him again and again several times,” said the source.
Air India, which filed a complaint on Thursday, said Mr Gaikwad was banned on all flights operated by the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA). Members of the FIA include IndiGo, Go Air, Spice Jet and Jet Airways.