Again, Air India cancels Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad's ticket

Indian Commercial Pilots Association too have come out in support of Air India for taking a stand against unruly passenger

In a major embarrassment to Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, Air India yet again cancelled his flight ticket from New Delhi to Mumbai and Mumbai to New Delhi for April 17 and 24 respectively. In the past also national carrier has cancelled MP’s ticket as he has been banned by the Air India.

On March 24, Shiv Sena MP assaulted 60-year-old airline official by hitting him 25 times from a sandal after which not only Air India but the Federation of Indian Airlines which has Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir as its member too banned Gaikwad from flying.

There were reports on Thursday that the ban put on Gaikwad might be lifted however a source said that Air India hasn’t received any communication from aviation ministry yet to lift flying ban on Shiv Sena MP.

As Air India has taken a firm stand over the incident, Indian Commercial Pilots Association also appreciated the stand taken by the carrier against unruly passengers and pledged unconditional support.

Earlier in  a day, the All Indian Cabin Crew Association (AICCA) has demanded that the MP should tender an unconditional apology and should give in writing that he will abide by all the rules.

AICCA also said that government should consider before letting him on as when it comes to flight safety he is a risk.

On the other hand, Shiv Sena MPs have been demanding that the ban imposed on Gaikwad is unconstitutional and it should be lifted.  In a shameful incident on Thursday, Shiv Sena MPs heckled Civil Aviation Minister Gajapathi Raju as he refused to intervene in the case.