MLA misses flight, ‘abuses’ AI staffer

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New Delhi: Ch­hat­tis­garh Congress MLA Vinod S L Chan­drakar and his en­tourage al­legedly “mis­be­haved” with a wo­man air­line em­ployee at Raipur air­port af­ter miss­ing their flight on Satur­day.

This lat­est episode of VVIP tantrum was wit­nessed when Chan­drakar and four oth­ers reached the board­ing gate af­ter their flight had al­ready de­parted. They were to fly to Ranchi on Flight 9I-728 op­er­ated by Al­liance Air, a sub­sidiary of Air In­dia. The law­maker from Mah asamund, how­ever, has de­nied all charges and com­plained to the AI man­age­ment about the in­ci­dent.

Air In­dia spoke­man Dhanan­jay Ku­mar said: “The mat­ter has come to our no­tice. AI man­age­ment has taken it se­ri­ously and has or­dered a de­tailed in­quiry. Af­ter the in­quiry re­port, fur­ther ac­tion will be taken.”

Re­spond­ing to the MLA’s com­plaint, the air­line has sub­mit­ted de­tails of the episode to its man­age­ment. “The MLA — whose board­ing card had been is­sued along with that of four oth­ers who were to fly with him on 9I-728 — turned up at the board­ing gate af­ter the flight had de­parted and then they started shout­ing… used abu­sive lan­guage and hu­mil­i­ated (the lady of­fi­cer) in pub­lic. He (Chan­drakar) started say­ing he is MLA of the rul­ing party which the lady of­fi­cer was not aware of un­til then. One of them grabbed her iden­tity card. The hon’ble MLA spoke to the sta­tion man­ager on her mo­bile. Later, he re­fused to hand over her mo­bile,” the re­port stated.

Chan­drakar has de­nied this. “I reached the air­port in time at 5.55 pm. I got de­layed in se­cu­rity as my bag was checked there twice. One of the peo­ple trav­el­ling with me reached the board­ing gate and re­quested the AI of­fi­cer to wait as we were just a cou­ple of min­utes away. Us­mein kuch oonchi baat ho gayi hogi (This led to some heated ex­changes). Out of ego, the lady of­fi­cer closed board­ing and sent the flight with­out us,” he said. The leg­is­la­tor said he has com­plained to the AI man­age­ment.

The AI re­port says the lady of­fi­cer was tor­mented by the be­hav­ior of this group. “(She) was es­corted by CISF and an­other staff through the air­port’s back door and walked more than 2 km at 8.30 pm in driz­zling rain,” the re­port said.

Vinod Chan­drakar

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