1. Indigo flight row: TDP MP Diwakar Reddy now barred by domestic airlines over ruckus; 10 top facts to know

Indigo flight row: TDP MP Diwakar Reddy now barred by domestic airlines over ruckus; 10 top facts to know

Indigo flight row: There were also reports that Diwakar Reddy had later presented a boarding pass with the help of Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju.

By: | New Delhi | Published: June 16, 2017 4:04 PM
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Only a few months after Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad created a huge ruckus in an Air India flight, another Indian politician made the headlines for a similar reason. TDP MP Diwakar Reddy was scheduled to fly by IndiGo flight 6E-608, which departs from Visakhapatnam at 8.10 am, to Hyderabad on Thursday. However, he reached the airport just 28 minutes before the take-off according to the airline and as per the norms, the check-in counters were already closed. Reddy, who had allegedly vandalised the Air India office at Gannavaram airport in Vijayawada last year after he missed his flight, got into a verbal spat with the ground staff and allegedly threw a printer kept at the airline’s counter after he was informed that boarding for his flight had closed. Here are 10 quick facts about the incident:

1. As per the airline norms, the check-in counters are closed 45 minutes prior to the take-off but when Reddy got to know about this he was allegedly involved in unruly behaviour at the Visakhapatnam airport. As a result, he was denied boarding by IndiGo.

2. Reacting to the incident, full-service carrier Vistara and budget airlines GoAir and AirAsia India also barred Reddy from their flights. “After careful consideration of the various issues and ramifications of the actions of Reddy, GoAir has also taken a decision of not accepting any further bookings for the said passenger,” the airline said in a statement.

3. In an official statement released by AirAsia, the airline said it supports the decision of imposing a flying ban. “We will support the decision taken by the industry with regard to the recent incident involving an Indigo staff,” the AirAsia India spokesperson said in the statement.

4. Meanwhile, Vistara said it is committed to providing passengers with a safe journey. “In support of the fellow carriers, Vistara has also taken a decision to impose a flying ban on J C Diwakar Reddy,” a Vistara spokesperson said.

5. This has made Reddy second Indian MP in last three months to be banned from flying because of his unruly behaviour. On March 23, Air India registered two FIRs against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for hitting an Air India staffer with his slipper over sitting issue and for forcibly holding the flight and delaying it for 40 minutes.

6. There were also reports that Reddy had later presented a boarding pass with the help of Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. He rebuffed the charges and denied of misbehaving with any official of IndiGo.

7. When Reddy, who is a Lok Sabha member from Anantapur was asked about the incident, he refused to comment on it. “(I have) Nothing to say. I don’t want to speak anything,” Reddy told reporters here today, with folded hands when asked if he was apologetic over his actions, reported PTI.

8. The matter was noticed by the Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju who said on Friday that he will get the entire incident involving TDP MP J C Diwakar Reddy at Vizag airport “enquired into” and will ensure that “lawful outcomes” follow.

9. However, Raju also denied reports saying that he had helped Reddy to get a boarding pass. “This is false reporting. There was no such intervention as reported,” Raju tweeted.

10. So far, Reddy has been barred by six major domestic airlines.

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    Dr.Damodar Biswal
    Jun 16, 2017 at 5:59 pm
    Modi has taken away the lalbati but the politicians r yet to behave properly.They continue to express their VIP culture.Unfortunate.
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