Days after the flying ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad was lifted for beating up an airline staffer, the officials of Air India have written to the Delhi Police asking ‘why no action has been taken against Gaikwad,’ as quoted in a report in Times Now. The letter has been written by the CMD of Air India Ashwani Lohani to the Commissioner of Police, Delhi wherein he has asked for immediate action to be taken on the FIRs-lodged by them, according to reports from Indian Express.
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Earlier today, Air India announced a plan to provide more autonomy to its managers at airports under a stricter framework being prepared to deal with unruly fliers. Since the incident of Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad assaulting an Air India staffer last month, the national carrier as well as the government have been exploring ways to bolster the existing mechanism to rein in unruly passengers. Providing more autonomy for Air India managers at airports, stronger mechanism to report incidents of untoward behaviour and possibility of seeking monetary compensation from the unruly flier are being looked at under the new framework, airline officials said.
“The draft guidelines, which have been prepared with the assistance of Air India’s legal department, are now with the CMD Ashwani Lohani for his approval. Once we get the go-ahead from him, we will make them public,” one official said. According to the official, under the new guidelines, the airport manager would be empowered to take any “action” against a passenger showing unruly behaviour either onboard or on the ground without waiting for approval of the Chairman and Managing Director.