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Airlines Don't Have Authority To Ban Anyone From Flying, Says Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman

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| July 20 , 2017 , 17:55 IST

Slamming the airlines for banning parliamentarians from the plane, the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, PJ Kurien said that the airlines don’t have the authority to ban anyone from the flying.

Deputy Chairman Kurien said, “Airlines are not given the authority to punish anybody. I think the government should take note of it…. MPs are also citizens ... if they commit a crime or mistake, the law of the land should take recourse to it.”

His remark came in agreement with the SP leader Naresh Agrawal, who raised the issue of the recent flying ban in the upper house of the Parliament.

Agrawal asked whether the airlines could impose such restrictions. He also said that such actions were a breach of the parliamentarians’ privilege.

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The comments come as major airlines revoked the flying ban on TDP MP JC Diwakar Reddy who was barred from flying in the major airlines due to his unruly behavior in the airline.

IndiGo, on its part, said, “Senior IndiGo officials today met Honourable Member of Parliament Diwakar Reddy, at a lunch hosted by senior Member of Parliament Y.S. Chaudhary, to resolve the issue of Honourable Member Diwakar Reddy's ban on IndiGo flights.”

In a similar incident in March, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad was accused of assaulting an Air India staff, following which several airlines banned him from flying on their planes till he apologised.

Earlier, the Civil Aviation Ministry had released a draft of rules for a national 'no-fly list' that would ban unruly passengers from domestic air travel. Under the proposed rules, airlines can impose a travel ban on an unruly passenger in the time range of three months to two years or beyond depending upon the level of misbehavior. Current these rules only allow airlines to refuse to board or off-loading of a passenger whose behavior is deemed as unruly or disruptive to the safety of flight operations.

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