Mumbai: Telegu Desam Party MP, J.C. Diwakar Reddy, has been banned by all domestic airlines following his alleged unruly behaviour at the Visakhapatnam airport after he was denied boarding for an IndiGo flight.
On Thursday, Reddy was scheduled to fly IndiGo’s flight 6E-608, which departs from Visakhapatnam at 8:10 am, to Hyderabad, but he reportedly reached only 28 minutes before the scheduled departure, according to the airline. He was not allowed to board as per norms laid out by the aviation regulator, which mandates airlines close check-in counters for all domestic flights 45 minutes prior to departure.
Reddy, who had also allegedly vandalised the Air India office at Gannavaram airport in Vijaywada last year after missing his flight, got into a verbal spat with the ground staff and threw a printer kept at the airline’s counter after when he was denied boarding.
In the aftermath of the incident, all major domestic airlines have barred Reddy from taking their flights in a show of unity. Air India, SpiceJet and Jet Airways came out in support of IndiGo yesterday by imposing a ban on him, and budget airlines carriers like Vistara along GoAir and AirAsia India shortly followed suit.
“After careful consideration of the various issues and ramifications of the actions of Reddy, GoAir has also taken a decision of not accepting any further bookings for the said passenger,” the airline said in a statement.
This sentiment was also echoed in the statement by AirAsia which also informed that the airline would deny Reddy the use of its services saying, “We will support the decision taken by the industry with regard to the recent incident involving an Indigo staff.” The Air Asia statement added that, “AirAsia India does not tolerate abusive or unruly behaviour by passengers that puts the safety of other guests and crew members on board at risk.”
“In support of the fellow carriers, Vistara has also taken a decision to impose flying ban on J.C. Diwakar Reddy,” a Vistara spokesperson said.
This unanimous ban on a parliamentarian comes shortly after a similar action taken by the carriers in collectively banning Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad earlier this year. Gaikwad was accused of violently assaulting an Air India manager in Pune after he was unable to get a business class seat on a Pune-Delhi flight.