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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 flights are suspended w.e.f March 16, 2019 till further notice

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Air India flights are suspended w.e.f March 16, 2019 till further notice. Pixabay

National carrier Air India has cancelled several international flights on account of low passenger yields on the sectors which include Delhi-Madrid.

In a late Wednesday night development, the airline said 6 international flights from Delhi to places like Birmingham have been cancelled.

“Due to operational reasons..Air India flights are suspended w.e.f March 16, 2019 till further notice,” the airline said in a statement.

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However, the development comes even as other airlines like SpiceJet cancelled flights, which has sharply pushed up airfares. Pixabay

Route rationalistion is one the key programmes that the airline’s management is running to reduce cost and infuse efficiency.

 

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However, the development comes even as other airlines like SpiceJet cancelled flights, which has sharply pushed up airfares. (IANS)