In the wake of Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad assaulting an Air India staffer, Air India (AI) and the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) on Friday banned him from flying AI and four other airlines with ‘immediate effect’. Gaikwad's return ticket from Delhi to Pune has also been cancelled as per reports.
This, however, is not the first time that a VIP kicked up a controversy while taking a flight. Here is a list of VIPs who sparked off a row during their air travel in the past:
Bihar MP Pappu Yadav on June 17, 2015, allegedly misbehaved with an airhostess and threatened to beat her with his 'chappal' on a Patna-Delhi Jet Airways flight. The unruly behavior drew the attention of the captain, who asked security personnel at Delhi airport to shuttle the MP out. The incident happened when the air-hostess asked him to buckle himself and straighten his seat.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju was travelling from Leh to Delhi on June 24, 2015. To accommodate him and his assistant in the flight, three members of a family, including a child, were offloaded from boarding the flight AI-446. The incident not only caused inconvenience to fellow flying passengers but delayed the flight operation as well. Rijiju, later, apologised for the inconvenience caused to the passengers.
PV Abdul Wahab
Muslim League MP and Dubai businessman PV Abdul Wahab had on April 7, 2008, insulted an Air India pilots in a Dubai-bound Indian flight at Kozhikode airport and called him nothing more than ‘glorified drivers’. The Indian Commercial Pilots Association had in 2008 reported that Wahab was the one who ‘opened the cockpit door, entered inside, and abused the pilot’. He and his wife were later asked to disembark from the flight. He later threatened to move a privilege motion against the Air India pilot in Parliament.
Congress MP from Andhra Pradesh, PV Mithun Reddy assaulted Air India station manager K Rajasekhar on November 27, 2015 at Renigunta Airport in Chitoor District of Andhra Pradesh. The incident happened when he and his family were denied boarding passes for the New Delhi flight. Later, a case was registered against him for his unruly behaviour at the airport.
Congress MP from Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh, Kamal Kishore, had complained against a CISF personnel as he was asked to place his coat for an X-ray screening at an airport in UP on January 29, 2011. He blatantly refused to cooperate with the security personnel and the fiasco delayed the security check-up of other fellow passengers at the airport.