Airlines not authorised to punish anyone: Kurien

Airlines not authorised to punish anyone: Kurien

Airlines not authorised to punish anyone: Kurien
Airlines have no authority to impose flying bans on anybody, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said on Thursday. His remarks came after SP leader Naresh Agrawal spoke about the recent flying ban imposed by major domestic airlines.

When Agrawal asked whether airlines can impose such restrictions, Kurien said that if any MP has committed a crime or has gone against the law, the law of the land will be applicable in the situation.

“MPs are also citizens... if they commit a crime or mistake, the law of the land should take recourse to it. Airlines are not given the authority to punish anybody,” the deputy chairman said.

Though the airlines had clamped a flying ban on TDP MP J C Diwakar Reddy last month, it was lifted on Wednesday after the court issued “urgent” notices to the government and aviation regulator DGCA on the lawmaker’s plea against the action by the domestic carriers.

On June 15, Reddy got into a verbal spat with the ground staff of IndiGo at the Visakhapatnam airport and damaged a printer kept at the airline counter after he was informed that boarding for his flight to Hyderabad had closed.

Similar case
A flying ban was imposed on Shiv Sena’s Ravindra Gaikwad in March after he repeatedly thrashed an Air India officer with a slipper for not providing him a business class seat on an all-economy flight. The ban was lifted after a fortnight, following an undertaking from Gaikwad that he would desist from such conduct.
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