On Friday, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who assaulted an Air India staffer at Delhi airport, was barred from flying by Air India and six other private airlines. Jet Airways and three budget carriers — IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir — are FIA members. Two non-FIA member airlines — AirAsia India and Vistara — also came out in support of the ban.
"I dare the Delhi police to arrest me... I will not apologise,” the MP said. The police of Delhi lodged an FIR against him on the basis of a complaint lodged by the airline and then transferred the case to its crime branch.
The airline also cancelled the MP's return ticket to Pune after he boastfully asserted he would board the afternoon flight. Private airline IndiGo followed suit. Reports said that as he has no option, he was forced to take a train back from Delhi.