Indian airlines push for no-fly list to ban unruly passengers

A day after two FIRs were registered against him for hitting a 60-year-old Air India staffer with his slipper and for forcibly holding the flight and delaying it for 40 minutes, Gaikwad today remained unapologetic about the incident and dared the Delhi Police to arrest him.

A common practice among many global and some Indian private airlines for safety and security reasons, this is the first time that the national carrier has introduced such a "blacklist" of rowdy passengers. "He (officer) said he will complain to (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi".

Talking to the media outside the Parliament, Mahajan said "We can not take suo-moto cognizance as the incident happened outside the Parliament, so will ascertain details and act on any complaint".

Gaikwad in his letter said that he was misled by the Air India and stated that he was given business class ticket, but later he came to know that there was no business class section in the flight.

When he began to speak in Hindi, Gaikwad flared up and hit him. The Shiv Sena has time and again showed a culture of violence.

The MP boarded the flight but refused to alight from the aircraft when it landed at IGI airport here.

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathy Raju promised that action would be taken against him.

Meanwhile, the Congress Party while condemning the act said that the Shiv Sena has time and again been involved in such violent acts.

However, since Gaikwad insisted on taking that flight he was allotted a seat in the first row as there was no business-class configuration on it.

Shiv Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande however said that there should be a probe into the entire incident. "For what? When I have not made any mistake, why should I repent?", Gaikwad told NDTV. On the other hand, Air India is considering to prepare a no-fly list for unruly passengers.

"We the MPs are more responsible persons and we have to behave in more mature manner". Global aviation body International Air Transport Association (IATA) had earlier said "unruly passengers" are one of the top three safety issues that concern cabin crew.

As per the IATA, in 2015, there were 10,854 reported cases of unruly behaviour by the passengers across airlines worldwide, which translate into one incident for every 1,205 flights.

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