Un­ruly MP banned from In­dian air­lines

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NEW DELHI: An In­dian law­maker who beat an air­line em­ployee with a san­dal af­ter he was un­able to get a busi­ness class seat was banned by ma­jor In­dian air­lines.

Ravin­dra Gaik­wad boasted to re­porters on Thurs­day that he hit a staffer on Air In­dia “25 times with my san­dal” for ar­ro­gance. Gaik­wad, whose Shiv Sena party is a part­ner of the rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party, was told in ad­vance that he couldn’t fly busi­ness class be­cause it was an all-econ- omy flight. The Fed­er­a­tion of In­dian Air­lines (FIA) said Gaik­wad was banned from its flights with“im­me­di­ate ef­fect.”

Air In­dia filed a po­lice com­plaint and can­celled the MP’s re­turn flight.

“We be­lieve that an as­sault on any one of our em­ploy­ees is an as­sault on us all and on law-abid­ing cit­i­zens of our coun­try,” FIA stated. An un­re­pen­tant Gaik­wad ac­cused Air In­dia of poor ser­vice and de­manded an apol­ogy from the staffer he as­saulted. – dpa

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