Mumbai, Apr 2: After being included on the no-fly list and denied to travel through Air India and Indigo Airlines, SpiceJet on Saturday rejected Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad to travel from their airlines. The Osmanabad MP had booked a seat on a Pune-Ahmedabad flight for April 3, and he was scheduled for the 8:40 pm flight, but the officials cancelled the Sena leader’s ticket as soon as Gaikwad’s name drew their attention.
The Osmanabad MP came into controversies after he brutally thrashed a 60-year-old Air India duty manager last week after being forced to travel by economy class instead of business class. After attacking the duty manager and self-claiming to hit the duty manager 25 times with his sandals, Ravindra Gaikwad was blacklisted by six airlines.
Gaikwad was forced to travel by train to attain parliamentary proceedings after Air India on Tuesday cancelled his Mumbai to Delhi ticket. Gaikwad also tried to book tickets under misspelt names but all his tickets were cancelled. Displaying solidarity with Air India, private carrier Indigo also cancelled the booking made by Gaikwad. (Also Read: SP leader Naresh Agrawal backs Ravindra Gaikwad, calls airlines’ ban on Shiv Sena MP ‘dadagiri’)
“We flagged several names – including Ravindra Gaikwad, R Gaikwad, Prof V Ravindra Gaikwad and Prof Ravindra Gaikwad – on our system after the MP tried booking under various abbreviations. In some cases, he even tried misspelling his name,” an air official said to Hindustan Times.
After brutally thrashing the duty manager, Gaikwad denied apologising after which he faced severe criticism. Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan said that she would consider taking action against the MP if the matter was brought to her notice by the parliamentarians.
Meanwhile, Gaikwad stated that he will highlight the issue of falling service of Air India in Parliament and a recent statement released by Gaikwad read, “I will raise my voice against the falling service standards of Air India. I will speak out against the delay passengers face in getting checked in baggage, the issue of baggage theft, cleanliness, timing delays. the airline forcing people to travel economy inspite of having business class tickets and the quality of food. I will take up these issues and ensure that service improves.”