TDP MP faces probe for Vizag airport ruckus

Indian airlines on Friday barred a lawmaker from their flights for unruly behaviour in the second case in three months against a top politician who abused staff.-AFP

TDP MP faces probe for Vizag airport ruckus

The TDP MP J C Diwakar Reddy has banned from flying in IndiGo also from Air India. Speaking to the media from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, the MP said he shall not offer an apology and said that he is being made a scapegoat in the issue. "So the question of apologising doesn't arise at all".

Air carriers Vistara and AirAsia India on Friday joined other airlines in barring TDP Parliamentarian J C Diwakar Reddy from their flights, even as Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju promised a probe into the incident at Visakhapatnam airport where he allegedly misbehaved with IndiGo staff.

Indigo released a statement confirming the latest incident of "unruly behaviour" at Visakhapatnam airport on Thursday. GoAir said, "After careful consideration of the various issues and ramifications of the actions of Reddy, it has taken a decision of not accepting any further bookings of the said passenger".

This March, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad had assaulted an Air India staffer after which he was punished with a two week-long flying ban by private airlines. Diwakar Reddy is on his way to France for a week-long vacation which he said to had planned in much advance.

Reddy was scheduled to fly IndiGo's flight 6E-608, which departs from the Viskahpatnam airport at 8.10 am, to Hyderabad. But he reached just 28 minutes before the scheduled departure, according to the airline.

At a time when low-priced airlines are expanding their network in the ever-growing domestic aviation market, such VVIP abuses will only harm the industry. Reddy had created a ruckus and abused staff at the IndiGo airlines counter on Thursday as they disallowed him from boarding a flight for arriving late.

"I will get the entire incident at Vizag Airport enquired into to find out the exact details and ensure that lawful outcomes follow", Raju tweeted.

Aviation minister promises probe into ruckus by D Reddy.

"The people's representatives should restrain themselves from such conduct", he commented on the episode that led to the banning of the MP from travelling in domestic airlines.

Raju, who is also from TDP, denied helping the MP in boarding the flight.

Following the Gaikwad incident, the government framed draft rules for a national no-fly list for unruly passengers and proposed a flying ban on such persons that can range from three months to an indefinite period. "The staff politely informed him that boarding for flight is closed", it said.

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