Now that is a Tight Slap on the Fundamentalist MP!
International Airlines Must Also Blacklist Him!
Disclaimer 1: This is a developing story and the carriers may buckle under pressure from the Government.
It is refreshing to see all Indian airlines stand solidly behind an employee who was slapped 25 times yesterday with a slipper by a Member of Parliament in India, representing the Shiv Sena, Ravindra Gaikwad.
The duty manager of Air India was the victim but, in a show of great solidarity and immediacy, all airlines have come together to declare that the MP would be banned with immediate effect from all their flights. The carriers that are now off bounds for the unruly MP are Air India, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and GoAir.
Very well done, Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA)!
International Airlines Must Also Ban the Rogue MP
Tata Group airlines, Vistara (a partnership with Singapore Airlines) and AirAsia India an entity of the Malaysia-headquartered budget carrier), are not members of the FIA, but they have also decided to enforce the ban on Ravindra Gaikwad,
I would even argue for a complete ban on all air travel for this rogue of an MP. All international airlines that believe in protecting the dignity of their staff should blacklist Ravindra Gaikwad, who remains defiant and unrepentant. Those that refuse to do so must be boycotted by travellers.
Strangely, Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Aviation, is saying the Indian Government is examining the ‘legality’ of barring the MP from flying. He says any action taken must be lawful. This is no surprise as in India all politicians and influential people appear to enjoy protection from the law.
“The airlines have advised us that they would not be willing to carry this particular passenger (Gaikwad). We are studying their inputs on this matter. This is an action they have taken independently and we are examining it. Any action undertaken has to be lawful; it has to fit in with the general provisions of the law and the Aircraft Act. We are seeing how this whole approach should work. We have to see if this action of the airlines is within the framework of law,” Jayant Sinha told TOI.
The ruling BJP and the Shiv Sena are allies and it is possible that the Narendra Modi government will overturn the ban. If that happens, the staff of all airlines must stand united and refuse to fly.
Disclaimer 2: These are just my Personal Ramblings
G Joslin Vethakumar