The Indian Member of Parliament who attacked an Air India employee when he was denied business class on a plane without business class has been banned from flying, so he’s been trying to fly using fake names. But getting caught each time.
Last week Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad showed up for a Pune-Delhi flight with an open business class ticket, but he decided to take one of the flights between the two cities that’s all-coach. The airline put him in the first row, but it was still economy.
He took the flight, but on arrival in Delhi wouldn’t get off while 115 passengers waited to board the aircraft for its next journey to Goa. He assaulted the airline’s duty manager — and declared in an interview on television that he was in the right and that he’s owed an apology.
Yes, I beat him with my sandal 25 times…I can try to make someone understand something 10 times but if they don’t, then I will beat them. It is the airline that is at mistake and they should apologise to me
Air India Boeing 787
The man was banned from flying all Indian airlines. But he keeps trying to fly anyway.
Earlier this week, a staff member of the Sena politician dialled Air India’s call centre to book flight AI 806 from Mumbai to Delhi for the following day, i.e. Wednesday, and dictated the passenger’s name as Ravindra Gaikwad. The ticket was promptly cancelled, an airline source said.
He’s tried putting a V in front of his name so treating his real first name as a middle name. That didn’t work. He’s also tried to indicate he’s someone else, flagging his title as ‘Professor’. That didn’t work either.
Reportedly his own travel agent may be undermining him: “The travel agent immediately contacted the local station manager and the information was forwarded to Air India’s headquarters here, the source said.”
Goodness knows Air India has its problems like pilots landing on a road, fighting each other, not showing up to fly (or refusing to fly unless their preferred female crew are assigned to the trip with them).
Of course the passengers sometimes aren’t much better. But government officials really shouldn’t attack their employees, and if anyone ought to abide by a no fly list it’s a Member of Parliament.