After the civil aviation ministry announced new draft rules to curb the unruly behaviour of passengers on Friday morning, Shiv Sena leader Ravindra Gaikwad responded in an interview with CNN News 18 by saying that there is no question of imposing a ban on him as he didn’t commit any wrong. Gaikwad said he didn’t do anything amiss and it was the Air India staff member who was in the wrong. “I’m just a common man, what wrong did I do?” asked Gaikwad while speaking to the channel.
However, he welcomed the decision taken by aviation ministry and said action should be taken against anyone who misbehaves inside the flight but only after the committee investigates the matter. Gaikwad added that he has been demanding Aadhaar card proof for flyers for some time now as a lot of people book tickets on other people’s name which is wrong. He said tickets should be booked using Aadhaar card and passengers should be given the entry in flights only after checking it.
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In March, Gaikwad had allegedly hit an Air India official with his slipper after being asked to disembark the plane when it landed in Delhi sparking a nationwide controversy. After the incident, Air India and members of the Federation of Indian Airlines that include IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe Aviation, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Go Air proposed creating the country’s first such no-fly list.
Reacting to it, Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey while addressing a press conference announced that the ministry has put instances of unruly behaviour into 3 categories and falling in these brackets can lead to flight bans for passengers. The passengers can now be suspended from 3 months to 2 years depending upon the nature of their acts. The rules will be applied for domestic carriers but if the international carriers want, they can also use it.