Airlines can't impose flying ban on anyone: RS Dy Chairman
Airlines have no authority to impose flying ban on anybody, including parliamentarians, and the law of the land should take its course, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said on Thursday.
The remarks came after SP member Naresh Agrawal raised the issue of recent flying ban imposed by major domestic airlines, including state-owned Air India.
Agrawal wanted to know if the airlines could impose such restrictions. According to him, such an action was a breach of privilege of the Members of Parliament.
To this, Kurien said agreed that Agrawal has raised a "valid point" that if any MP has committed a crime or something against the law, the law of the land should take its course.
Congress MP Anand Sharma suggested to the Deputy Chairman that the word 'crime' should be replaced with 'violation'.
However, Kurien said if a person beats up someone, it is a crime.
Different airlines on Wednesday lifted the flying ban on TDP MP J C Diwakar Reddy after "urgent" notices from the court to the government and the aviation regulator DGCA on the lawmaker's plea against the action of domestic carriers.
On June 15, Reddy got into a verbal spat with IndiGo ground staff at Visakhapatnam airport and threw a printer kept at the airline counter after he was informed that boarding for his flight to Hyderabad had closed.