The media is abuzz with the story of Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad thrashing an Air India staffer over flight seating. Gaikwad is just one of the many unruly passengers Indian airlines have had to deal with. Here’s taking a look at some of the most shocking flying incidents from the past:
Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad: Shiv Sena leader Ravindra Gaikwad, who represents Osmanabad (Maharashtra) in Lok Sabha, hit an Air India staff member with his slipper over seating issues. The victim, R Sukumar, is a 60-year-old duty manager, who later filed a complaint of assault against the MP. A day after this incident, Air India and the Federation of Indian Airlines banned the indignant Shiv Sena MP from flying. Resonating the decision of Air India, Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir also banned Gaikwad from flying with them.
Stand up comedian Kapil Sharma: Who hasn’t heard of the infamous mid-air physical brawl between Kapil Sharma and his ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ co-star, Sunil Grover — which reached an ugly level when the former got drunk and beat up Sunil Grover on a flight on their way back from Australia. He also let out a volley of derogatory statements against many of his colleagues. Sunil and the other, however, maintained their dignity by not retaliated in public.
Bihar MP Rajesh Ranjan: Rajesh Ranjan aka Pappu Yadav is a Bihar MP who has been allegedly accused of misbehaving with an aircrew member onboard a Patna-Delhi Jet Airways flight. When a senior crew asked him to follow the mandatory safety rules, he threatened to beat her with his chappal. Not only that his assistant refused to even switch off their cell phones.
Former Bigg Boss contestant Payal Rohatgi: TV actor Payal Rohatgi ranted about her bad experience with an airline on social media. She slammed Jet Airways for offloading her along with her boyfriend, wrestler Sangram Singh when they were heading for a holiday to Kerala on January 7, 2017. In her video, Payal herself admits that her flight was at 6.50 and she reached the airport to check in around 20 minutes before the flight, which is actually the time the gate closes.
Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif: On a couple of occasions, actress Katrina Kaif turned into a brat outbursting while on a flight. Katrina lashed out at an air hostess saying “How dare you to touch me? You are just an air hostess”, when she was woken up from her sleep and asked to fasten her seatbelt. Another incident was when the air hostess greeted her and asked about her food preference, Kat reportedly turned to her manager instead of talking to the flight attendant directly.
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