Air India sticks to its stand, cancels Shiv Sena MP Gaikwad's ticket for the second time in a week

Ravindra Gaikwad's previous ticket was cancelled on Friday after he allegedly assaulted an Air India employee

For the second time in a week, the Air India has cancelled Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad ticket yet again. He was booked on a flight from Mumbai to Delhi but was forced to take a train as Air India along with six private airlines had banned him from flying. His previous ticket was cancelled on Friday after he allegedly assaulted an Air India employee.

Backing the MP, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday criticised all major airlines for putting barring him from flying. They even questioned why such a conduct was never shown to Hurriyat leaders and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim travel by flights.

“The incident only happened with Air India. But every other air lines banned him. This is not good. If they are so concerned then why the Hurriyat leaders travel in their plane? Even Dawood went to Pakistan by plane,” Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant said.

Gaikwad had on Monday said that the Air India is trying to misguide everyone over what happened during the altercation onboard the aircraft. The Osmanabad MP said that he never demanded a Business Class seat, but instead requested a complaint book to address his grievance about ‘substandard service’.

“I was demanding proper facilities not the business class seat. But just to hide their carless attitude and cheating towards lakhs of Air India passengers, they tried to create a picture that I was continuously demanding for a business class seat. This is completely baseless,” he said.

Gaikwad said that while travelling in the flight, he noticed “carelessness and substandard” service of Air India and requested for a complaint book, but despite his frequent requests he was not provided the complaint book, instead the staffer misbehaved with him.