1. Air India-Ravindra Gaikwad row: Unruly air passengers to face ‘severe consequences’, says Jayant Sinha

Air India-Ravindra Gaikwad row: Unruly air passengers to face ‘severe consequences’, says Jayant Sinha

The civil aviation ministry today warned that unruly air passengers will face "severe consequences", including police action, a day after Air India lifted the flying ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad.

By: | New Delhi | Published: April 8, 2017 6:07 PM
Following direction from the ministry, Air India lifted the ban yesterday and private airlines followed suit today. (PTI)

The civil aviation ministry today warned that unruly air passengers will face “severe consequences”, including police action, a day after Air India lifted the flying ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad. Gaikwad was barred by Air India and leading private carriers after he assaulted a staffer of the national airline at the Delhi airport last month.

Following direction from the ministry, Air India lifted the ban yesterday and private airlines followed suit today.
In a series of tweets, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said unruly behaviour by air passengers will result in severe consequences.

Also watch:

This is the first official response from the ministry after the airlines revoked the ban on Gaikwad — a development that had become a political hot potato after the Shiv Sena, an ally at the Centre, sought lifting of the ban. “Air travellers should note that safety and security for passengers and crew are our paramount priority. Unruly and disruptive behaviour will result in severe consequences. This includes police action for a specific incident as well as being placed on a no-fly list,” he said.

Sinha emphasised that the ministry is strengthening rules so that a national no-fly list can be implemented so that such incidents can be prevented and safety improved. About the incident involving the Shiv Sena member, the minister said Gaikwad had apologised and provided an undertaking that such incidents would not reoccur.

“Therefore AI (Air India) has been advised to revoke his ban… Police investigations regarding Gaikwad’s conduct during the March 23 incident are under way and the law will take its own course,” Sinha said.

Furthermore, in response to certain tweets related to Gaikwad incident, Sinha said police FIRs have been filed and justice will surely be delivered.

He noted that case has been registered against Gaikwad, including sections 308 (culpable homicide) and 355 (assault). “A flying ban is meant to prevent future unruly behaviour, not to punish past behaviour. We now have an undertaking for future behaviour,” he added.

  1. Sudhansu Mohan Mishra
    Apr 9, 2017 at 2:55 pm
    It is great that the government has come forward with such a tough message.The likes of Gaekwad should take lessons.
    Reply
    1. A
      Akram nawaz
      Apr 9, 2017 at 2:20 pm
      Are the punishments made only the for common man? As far as the politicians and other biggies are concerned the are practically exemted from laws. They can break laws and they can not be punished. Otherwise the sarkar would not have forced the AI and others to lift the flying ban on R. Gaikwad. He should have given other punishments along with the ban. But how was it possible? After all he is a neta and from Shiv Sena. Then how can we claim that law is supreme and no one is above the law???
      Reply
      1. M
        Manish
        Apr 9, 2017 at 12:55 pm
        Condition applies: U should be a common man, politicians r allowed they just have to apologize to their own brothers. Shameful
        Reply

        Go to Top