The Economic Times
English EditionEnglish Editionहिन्दी
| E-Paper
Search
+

    Kunal Kamra’s flying ban halved to 3 months by IndiGo

    Synopsis

    Kamra was banned from flying by four airlines on January 28 after he tweeted a 111-second video that showed him heckling news anchor Arnab Goswami on a Mumbai-Lucknow flight. Neither the journalist nor the pilot lodged complaints against Kamra. But once the video got out, there were calls for action against the comedian.

    Kunal Kamra (in pic) had heckled journalist Arnab Goswami and even used four letter words on an IndiGo flight during January-end and also tweeted a video of the incident.
    New Delhi: Comedian Kunal Kamra has been banned from flights for three months starting January 28, as IndiGo’s committee has found him guilty of a level 1 offence. The airline had earlier banned him for six months.

    However, this order is not binding on other airlines like Vistara and AirAsia India, which may choose not to ban him from their flights.

    “The committee has ordered banning him from flights for a period of 3 months but this is not binding on other airlines. Other airlines can talk a call independent of this committee’s recommendation,” said a source in the know, who did not want to be identified.

    IndiGo could not be contacted immediately for the story.

    Kamra had heckled journalist Arnab Goswami and even used four letter words on an IndiGo flight during January-end and also tweeted a video of the incident.

    Tweeting the video followed action by airlines, which banned him from flights. While IndiGo banned karma for six months then (reduced to three months now), other airlines like Air India, SpiceJet and GoAir banned him till the inquiry is complete after aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted asking airlines to act against Kamra.

    The minister had then told ET that he called for a ban as the video evidence was clear and Kamra’s actions posed a safety threat.

    Under the rules, any allegation of midair misbehaviour by passengers has to be investigated by an internal committee set up by the carrier concerned. With the inquiry now complete, Kamra will not be able fly these airlines till March-end.

    Vistara and AirAsia India did, however, not ban Kamra from their flights and will have to now decide on whether to ban Kamra or not.

    While rules are explicit on action to be taken on such offences, the rules were overlooked to ban Kamra. The rules call for airline staff to “observe potential signs of unruly behaviour” and act on them in the initial stages rather than waiting for an escalation.

    If an airline gets a complaint from the flight commander, it may be referred to an internal committee, which then has to investigate and decide on the matter within 30 days. Pending the report, the person may be banned from flying for up to 30 days. If the committee fails to come up with findings in the stipulated time, the person can fly again.
    (Catch all the Business News, Breaking News Events and Latest News Updates on The Economic Times.)

    Download The Economic Times News App to get Daily Market Updates & Live Business News.

    Also Read

    4 Comments on this Story

    YOGINI HOSHING270 days ago
    He should be banned from doing stand up comedy instead of flight ban. he is the worst one in the present lot of standups. only uses cuss words thru his acts andd nothing else, no quality input
    Krishna Kumar270 days ago
    It is fine . Will you publish his flight schedule ? Usko uska hi style me fadenge !
    Sanjay Shembekar271 days ago
    Should have been banned for life... those who do not respect the country they live in should be punished harshly.. assh**le does not deserve any mercy
    The Economic Times