New Delhi: A Delhi to Kolkata Air India flight was delayed by 20 minutes today after a disagreement between Trinamool MP Dola Sen and the airline staff over the seating arrangement of the lawmaker’s wheel chair-bound mother.
Ms Sen reportedly wanted an emergency exit seat for her mother, but was told by the staff that security regulations prevent a wheelchair passenger from getting an emergency seat. A disagreement soon followed.
The lawmaker’s mother was finally placed on another seat, but the flight was delayed by 20 minutes.
This comes on a day the national carrier lifted the ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who had assaulted a manager of the airline last month and bragged on camera “I hit him with my slipper 25 times.” The end of the boycott comes after written instructions from the Civil Aviation Ministry to Air India.
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The national carrier was supported by private airlines in blacklisting Mr Gaikwad. This morning, Air India said it had cancelled tickets booked by Mr Gaikwad for later this month. Since the ban was imposed, four journeys attempted by air by Mr Gaikwad were vetoed by airlines. A cabin crew union said it would not accommodate the politician till he apologises for the assault.
Meanwhile, the government is considering tougher rules to tackle unruly passengers and rogue flyers may soon start getting declared ‘No-Flyers’. Sources say after the Sena MP incident, the central government is drafting rules for a National No-Fly List.