10/04/2017 8:53 AM IST | Updated 10/04/2017 9:25 AM IST

17 Days After His Assault On Air India Staffer, Shiv Sena MP Gaikwad Is Taking The Same Flight Today

Gaikwad had assaulted an AI employee with his slipper last month and was thus banned from flying.

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NEW DELHI -- Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad has booked a ticket on an Air India flight from Pune to here for Monday, two days after the ban on him from flying was lifted by the state-owned carrier.

According to airline sources, Gaikwad has booked a business class seat in AI 852, which takes off from Pune at 7:40 AM and lands at Indira Gandhi International airport at 9:50 AM.

This is the same flight Gaikwad boarded last month when he lost his cool and hit an Air India staffer "25 times" because the MP insisted on travelling business class on an all-economy flight.

"The summer schedule kicked in on 26 March as per which we are flying the newly acquired A320 new planes on this route. This aircraft has business class," said an Air India source, laying to rest the possibility of the MP losing his cool once again because of non-availability of business class seat.

It is also learnt that the MP has converted his ticket for Monday into an open ticket, which allows him to fly on any date on the same route.

While lifting the ban on Friday, after pressure from the government, Air India had emphasised that it is "committed to ensuring its employees are not assaulted or misbehaved with".

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