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Andhra MP Mithun Reddy arrested for slapping Air India official

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New Delhi: YSR Congress MP Mithun Reddy and his aide were arrested by the Andhra Pradesh police as he allegedly slapped an AIR India official at Tirupati airport last November.

MP and his aide were arrested from the Chennai airport in the early Sunday morning. Both were brought to Tirupati where they were produced before a magistrate who sent them to judicial custody for 14 days.

Mithun Reddy is a member of Lok Sabha from Rajampet in Kadapa district.

A case for assaulting a public servant on duty was filed against Mithun Reddy and 15 others at Yerpedu police station at Renigunta near Tirupati on November 27 last year.

The case was registered on a complaint by Rajasekhar, Air India’s station manager at the airport.

Mithun Reddy allegedly entered into an argument with Rajasekhar, after getting angry when the latter declined to issue boarding passes for him and his relatives as the boarding was already closed for the Air India flight to Delhi.

At first, Mithun Reddy had denied the incident but later CCTV camera footage proved otherwise. This is not the first time when an Indian politician is alleged to behave badly with an official. Last month a Haryana Minister also was caught behaving rudely with a lady police officer.(IANS) (Image-Youtube)

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Air India deliberates creating no-fly list post unruly behaviour of MP

Shiv Sena MP assaulted a 60 yr old airline staff with slippers onboard a flight

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New Delhi, Mar 23, 2017: A Shiv Sena MP apparently assaulted an Air India airline staff- 60 years old, with slipper, at the IGI airport in New Delhi today. Following the incident, Air India is deliberating creating a no-fly list for unruly passengers.

A senior official said, “Air India is considering preparation of a no-fly list of unruly passengers on the lines of other carriers.”

Ravindra Gaikwad, Shiv Sena MP, who was flying from Pune to Delhi on an Air India flight, hit Sukumar, the airline’s duty manager with his slipper several times, when Sukumar asked him to unboard the plane after the minister denied doing so once the plane landed at the Delhi airport.

PTI reported the airlines sources saying, “ The lawmaker turned violent, tore the duty manager’s shirt, broke his spectacles and hit him several times with his slippers.”

Possessing a business class ticket, Gaikwad insisted on taking the airline’s early morning flight from Pune to Delhi, Flight AI-852; which happens to be an all-economy class flight. This stiked an argument between the MP and the airline staff in Pune, leading to the assault in Delhi, on landing.

In recent times, there have been many incidents of unruly behaviour by the passengers, across various airlines.

AirAsia, in the previous month, had filed a police complaint against two drunk passengers for creating a nuisance onboard.

In January, on one of its flight from Dubai to New Delhi, IndiGo had to tie down a passenger to his seat for being violent onboard.

According to official data, 53 incidents of unruly behaviour by the passengers have been reported by domestic airlines between July 2016 and Feb 2017.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), unruly passengers make the list of the top three safety concerns of the cabin crew.

As per the IATA, in 2015, there were 10,854 reported cases of unruly behaviour by the passengers across airlines worldwide, which translate into one incident for every 1,205 flights.

-Prepared by Nikita Saraf, Twitter: @niki_saraf

 

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Air India’s Apology for Erroneous Article on Jagannath temple, says Non-Vegetarian Dishes served at the Temple in Puri

Shubh Yatra, the in-flight monthly magazine, published the wrong information in an article titled 'Devotion Can Be Delicious'

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Bhubaneshwar, October 29, 2016: Air India on Saturday apologised for publishing an article that said that non-vegetarian dishes were served at the Jagannath temple in Puri.

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“AI apologises for the error. Our intention was not to hurt sentiments. #ShubhYatra magazine copies have been removed with immediate effect,” tweeted Air India.

Shubh Yatra, the in-flight monthly magazine of Air India, published the wrong information in an article titled ‘Devotion Can Be Delicious’.

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Different organisations and people in Odisha criticised Air India for publishing the article.

“This is an unfortunate incident. We will take it up strongly with the appropriate authorities,” said Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

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Members of Jagannath Sena staged a demonstration in front of Sri Mandir protesting against the report. (IANS)

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Air India to fly all-women operated flight this International Women’s Day

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New Delhi (dpa) – India’s state airline Air India is operating what it claims to be the world’s longest flight staffed only by women from New Delhi to San Francisco to mark International Women’s Day. A team of four pilots and 10 cabin crew were on board the Boeing 777-LR that departed Delhi early Sunday, airline…