Indigo, Diwakar Reddy ban row: While commenting on the incident where Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP J C Diwakar Reddy who was allegedly involved in the ruckus at the Visakhapatnam airport on Thursday after he was denied boarding by IndiGo for being late, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Friday said that the security is of utmost importance and that it cannot be compromised. ANI quoted Raju as saying,” Security is of utmost importance and cannot be compromised.” AG Raju, who belongs to the same party as Diwakar, earlier in the day also assured that he would get the entire incident ‘enquired into’ and will ensure ‘lawful outcomes’ follow. Raju took to Twitter and said, “I will get the entire incident at Vizag Airport enquired into to find out the exact details and ensure that lawful outcomes follow.”
I will get the entire incident at Vizag Airport enquired into to find out the exact details and ensure that lawful outcomes follow.
— Ashok Gajapathi Raju (@Ashok_Gajapathi) June 16, 2017
Reddy who was scheduled to fly by IndiGo flight 6E-608, which departs from Visakhapatnam at 8.10 am, to Hyderabad on Thursday, reached the airport just 28 minutes before the take-off. But, according to the airline and as per the norms, all airlines close their check-in counters for domestic flights 45 minutes before departure and therefore the check-in counters were already closed. Reddy was denied boarding by IndiGo staff for being late. This annoyed him and he was allegedly involved in unruly behaviour at the Visakhapatnam airport. He got into an argument with the ground staff and threw down a printer kept at the airline’s counter. Meanwhile, in it’s statement IndiGo mentioned that the airline will not compromise with the safety and security of passengers, crew and the aircraft. IndiGo said, “Any untoward conduct which compromises the safety and security of our passengers and staff is a serious concern for us. Safety and security of passengers, crew and the aircraft are the top priority and it cannot be compromised.”
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) June 16, 2017
73-year-old Reddy, a Lok Sabha member from Anantapur, has been banned by all domestic airlines following his alleged unruly behaviour. Prior to yesterday’s incident, Reddy had allegedly vandalised the Air India office at Gannavaram airport in Vijaywada last year after he missed his flight.