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Govt May Change 'No-Fly' Rules Following Airline Ban On MP Ravindra Gaikwad After He Assaulted Crew

Last week, Gaikwad thrashed a 60-year old Air India official with slippers after he was allegedly refused a business class seat as the plane didn't have a separate business class section.

28/03/2017 12:42 PM IST | Updated 28/03/2017 12:49 PM IST
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The government is considering changing aviation rules that govern who can bar people from flying on airlines and for how long, following a collective airline ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad after he physically assaulted an Air India crew and bragged about it publicly.

Mint reported a senior government official as saying "certain areas" within regulation need to be clarified, adding that airlines were within their rights to stop someone from flying if they showed unruly behavior.

Last week, Gaikwad thrashed a 60-year old Air India official with slippers after he was allegedly refused a business class seat as the plane didn't have a separate business class section. Several major airlines including IndiGo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways and GoAir subsequently banned him from flying, after a police complaint was filed by Air India.

Shiv Sena MPs have demanded the ban be lifted. The issue was also heavily debated in Parliament on Monday.

Gaiwad issued a fresh statement on Tuesday denying the altercation was related to a business class seat. He told ANI that the incident happened after he complained against "substandard" service of the airline.

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