New Delhi, April 7: Trinamool Congress MP Dola Sen on Friday afternoon created a ruckus at Delhi airport, delaying the Air India flight from Delhi to Kolkata by 30 minutes. The incident took place almost a month after Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad had assaulted an Air India employee, creating huge debate across the country.
The debate on VVIP culture has ended and it seems now it is the turn of TMC Rajya Sabha MP Dola Sen who refused to abide by the security protocols, which led to the delay of flight by 30 minutes.
Some reports suggest that Dola Sen had refused to shift her senior citizen mother’s seat from the emergency exit when the Air India stand had requested her to do so and created a ruckus. The Air India staff present at the spot had accused MP of refusing to abide by the security protocols. Also Read – Air India lifts flying ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad
The Hindu reported that the MP was travelling with her aged mother and had paid some extra money to Air India to book the front row seat. After Dola Sen boarded the plane with her wheel-bound mother, the MP started screaming and shouting at not being allowed to sit near the emergency exit. The report further suggests that the booking was made by MakeMyTrip and the booking did not mention that the passenger was travelling with a wheelchair and could not be given an emergency seat.
According to Times of India, an AI spokesman said Dola Sen was travelling with two passengers. “She had paid a little extra for front row seats and she was allocated 11J, 11G and 11H. All these seats are an emergency exit row. There was no remark of a wheelchair during the booking but when all passengers boarded the flight, one passenger was left in a wheelchair”.
According to DGCA rules, the passenger on wheelchair can’t sit near emergency exit. Dola Sen’s mother was also offered a business class seat but she refused the offer. The flight departed almost 39 minutes after the captain and passengers on board intervened.
The incident took place on a day when Air India had revoked a flying ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad following a letter by civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju to Air India.
On Thursday, Ravindra Gaikwad had written to the ministry where he expressed regret over the incident and had categorically criticised Air India, demanding action against him. Ravindra Gaikwad had accepted that he had earlier assaulted the Air India official 25 times with his slipper for what he called unfriendly behaviour.
The Air India also got the support of other private airlines in blacklisting Ravindra Gaikwad moments after the incident. On Friday morning, Air India had said that it had cancelled the tickets booked by Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for later this month.
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BJP MP Babul Supriyo while commenting on the incident expressed his support for TMC MP Dola Sen and said that “MP’s are soft targets”.