TDP MP, banned by domestic airlines, is on vacation abroad

Diwakar Reddy

Reddy was adamant on his stand that he had done no wrong at the Vizag airport and refused to tender an apology to the IndiGo staff, despite best efforts of TDP leaders led by Rajya Sabha MP C.M. Ramesh, for the last two days.

Interestingly, the MP managed to board the flight but it was not clear who intervened to get him the boarding pass.

Civil Aviation Minister (rpt) Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today said he would get the entire incident involving TDP MP J C Diwakar Reddy at Vizag airport "enquired into" and will ensure that "lawful outcomes" follow.

IndiGo barred Reddy from flying on its flights.

He reached the airport at 7.35am for 8.15am and never said that he came at 7.10am addeda Reddy.

Reddy said that he will be writing to the Union Civil Aviation Ministry about what happened at the Visakhapatnam Airport and how he has been targeted in the whole issue once he is back from Paris.

The political leader had earlier too created a ruckus in October 2016 in a similar incident where he arrived late at Vijayawada Airport.

Reddy was reportedly later allowed to board the same flight he meant to take, which was thus delayed beyond its departure time of 8.10 pm. As per norms laid out by the aviation regulator, airlines close check-in counters for all domestic fights 45 minutes prior to departure. The TDP MP also categorically denied that he had lost his temper or assaulted anyone at the airport.

"The staff politely informed him that boarding for flight 6E-608 was closed and offered to accommodate Reddy in a subsequent flight", IndiGo has said in a statement on Thursday. "AirAsia India does not tolerate abusive or unruly behaviour by passengers that puts the safety of other guests and crew members on board at risk", the airline said.

In March, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad repeatedly slapped an Air India manager because his seat was changed from business to economy class.

After this incident, the Centre drafted rules for a national no-fly list for unruly passengers and proposed a ban on flying from three months up to an indefinite period.

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