Indigo Airlines has lifted the flying ban on Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP, JC Diwakar Reddy with immediate effect on Wednesday. Following the action, Air India also lifted the ban. Both Indigo and Air India had earlier barred Reddy from boarding their carrier’s because of his ruthless behavior with the staff.
Air India announced that “As Indigo has lifted the ban from Honorable MP D.B. Reddy to air travel; Air India also decided to lift the ban. Earlier in the month of June, Indigo has had imposed the ban on the TDP leader after he created a ruckus for being barred from boarding the domestic flight at the Vizag airport.
According to the DGCA norms, the airline counters have to close the check-in 45 minutes prior to the departure time of the flight. Diwakar, who had arrived 28 minutes before the plane was to take off, allegedly pushed an airline staffer and also knocked a ticket printer that got damaged. He, on his part, denied assaulting the airline staff and had refused to apologize.
Later, the MP who represents Anantapur constituency in the Lok Sabha, in response to the ban, had moved the High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad seeking to declare the flying ban against him as illegal.
Post this incident all the major Airline companies such as Air India, Jet Airways, AirAsia, Vistara, GoAir, and SpiceJet had also barred the MP from their airlines saying that “Any untoward conduct which compromises the safety and security of our passengers and staff is a serious concern to us.”