National carrier Air India lifted the flying ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad after 15 days, following a request from Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. Private airlines are also expected to follow suit.
Why was the ban lifted?
The development comes a day after Mr. Gaikwad wrote a letter to Mr. Raju expressing “regret” over the flight incident, in which he allegedly beat up an Air India staff, which led to the airlines imposing a ban on his travel.“In view of the apology tendered by Shri Gaikwad and the undertaking of good conduct given by him, the Air India and other airlines are advised to lift the ban imposed on him for air travel,” a Civil Aviation Ministry letter to Air India Chairman and Managing Director.
‘National No Fly list’
The letter stated that a ‘National No Fly List’ would be established soon to “deal with unruly passengers in a more effective manner in future” by bringing in amendments to the relevant rules framed by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
After the 9/11 attack in 2001, the U.S. created a ‘No Fly List’ with the help of its airlines and those who were on it were prohibited from flying to and from the country. In countries such as U.K., airlines maintain their own list of passengers who are not allowed to board the plane.
Air India cancelled Mr. Gaikwad’s ticket for the seventh time as it had received no direction from the Ministry to lift the travel ban till then.
Why was travel ban put on him?
For the first time ever, domestic airlines came together last month to impose a ban on Mr. Gaikwad after he allegedly assaulted a 60-year-old Air India duty manager on March 23.