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Gaikwad compelled to take a train back home as Air India and other domestic carriers bar him from flying
Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad has been barred from flying on Indian carriers.

After the unruly MP displayed his arrogant behaviour on-board an Air India flight when he attacked an Air India manager with sandals for not giving him a seat in business class, Air India and all other private Indian airlines on Friday barred the MP from flying with them.

Gaikwad was scheduled to fly back from Delhi to Pune on an Air Indian flight but the airline cancelled his return ticket as well. So, Gaikwad will now have to take a train back to Pune.

"Air India and Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA, which comprises IndiGo, Jet, SpiceJet and GoAir) member airlines have decided to ban this MP 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," said Ujjwal Dey of FIA in a joint AI-FIA statement.

"AI and the member airlines of the FIA condemn the assault on an AI staff member by a passenger who happens to be an MP on March 23, 2017. The airlines demand that strict action be taken against the MP 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," Dey's statement in a rare show of unity with FIA and AI 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," it added.

Supporting the decision, SpiceJet, in a statement said, "The government needs to act on this soon. An attack on our employees and crew is an attack on us and we strongly condemn such incidents."

The airline also said that they were compelled to cancel Gaikwad's ticket as "he may get violent again. Or, other passengers and/or airline/airport staff may return the favour to the MP"

Aviation minister A G Raju had tweeted: "We are also working on creating institutional mechanisms to check undesirable flight behaviour or unruly passengers. Such regrettable incidents should never happen again."

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