Air India, 4 private carriers bar Ravindra Gaikwad from flying amid demand for national no-fly list

In the wake of the Ravindra Gaikwad controversy, Airlines including Air India, IndiGo and SpiceJet have proposed the idea of a national no-fly list of unruly passengers.

Shiv Sena Member of Parliament Ravindra Gaikwad's assault of an Air India staffer has united airlines in their recommendation of implementing a nation-wide no-fly list of unruly passengers.

Gaikwad himself has been barred from flying by Air India as well as the Federation of Indian Airlines, which counts IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Go Air among its members.

"Air India and FIA member airlines have decided to ban this Member of Parliament from flying on all our flights with immediate effect," FIA associate director Ujjwal Dey said in a statement.

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Condemning the attack, the statement added, "The airlines demand that strict action be taken against the Member of Parliament by law enforcement agencies. We believe that 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."

On the topic of a no-fly list, Dey said, "In the interest of the safety and security of our colleagues and other customers we also propose the promulgation of a "no fly" list which shall include the names of all unruly passengers."

"Such customers are not welcome on our carriers and we seek the support of the Government and security agencies to enforce such a "no fly" list," the statement said.

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India currently does not have a no-fly list system in place, but private airlines along with Air India have mooted setting up such a mechanism in the wake of Gaikwad's attack.

IndiGo lent its support to the idea, while SpiceJet's CMD Ajay Singh said in a statement, "The government needs to act on this (setting up a no-fly list) soon.

 

Statement by Air India and the Federation of Indian Airlines


Air India and the member airlines of the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) that includes IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Go Air, condemn the assault on an Air India staff member by a passenger who happens to be a Member of Parliament on March 23, 2017. The airlines demand that strict action be taken against the Member of Parliament by law enforcement agencies. We believe that 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.

Air India and FIA member airlines have decided to ban this Member of Parliament from flying on all our flights with immediate effect. We believe that exemplary action should be taken in such incidents to protect employee morale and public safety.

In the interest of the safety and security of our colleagues and other customers, we also propose the promulgation of a "no fly" list which shall include the names of all unruly passengers. Such customers are not welcome on our carriers and we seek the support of the Government and security agencies to enforce such a "no fly" list.