Air India bans Gaikwad, cancels ticket fearing backlash by employees

After being barred by all the airlines, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who assaulted Air India staff member took a train to Mumbai on Friday.

Indian domestic carriers have banned Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad from its flights after he was involved in slapping an Air India ground staff on Thursday.

An Indian politician has admitted on Thursday that he hit a steward on an Air India flight 25 times with his slipper during a row over a seat.

FIA's Dey said: "We believe an assault on any one of our employees is an assault on all of us and on ordinary law abiding citizens of our country who work hard to earn a living".

"Be it a MP or a normal person everyone loses their temper at some point of time", Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told ANI.

A news agency reported earlier today that the Federation of Indian Airlines, an industry body representing India's scheduled airline carriers, has blacklisted Gaikwad. The MP then booked himself on an IndiGo flight to Pune but the budget airline, too, refused to take him onboard and refunded his money. "Why should I tolerate abuses", he told journalists later.

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The Shiv Sena has sought an explanation from the MP on the issue.

Aviation minister A G Raju had tweeted: "We are also working on creating institutional mechanisms to check undesirable flight behaviour or unruly passengers".

Referring to the police complaint filed against him by Air India, he claimed the FIR can not be registered against him without the approval from the Lok Sabha Speaker as Parliament is in session. The FIA is an organisation which has Jet Airways, IndiGo, Go Air, SpiceJet and JetLite as its members.

The MP Gaikwad refused to apologize and even dared Delhi police to arrest him. The brunt of Gaekwad's ire was borne by R. Sukumar, a 60-year-old contractual employee who asked the legislator to de-board the flight so that it could be cleaned. A spokesman for Air India said the airline was investigating the incident. We will talk to our MP, will listen to what he has to say and will see about it. Why should I? It's not my mistake.

"Haan maine usko maara tha, usne badtameezi ki thi (Yes, I hit him as he had misbehaved with me)", he added.