Citizens have welcomed the strong stand taken by airlines - but, they ask, why hasn’t he been arrested yet?

Angered after he assaulted staffer with his slipper airlines ban MP Ravindra Gaikwad
news Video Friday, March 24, 2017 - 18:42

The visuals were straight from hell: An elected representative of the people pushed and shoved an airline staffer, abusing him throughout, assaulting him repeatedly with a slipper. At least three other Air India staff had to pry him away from the man he was assaulting, and convince him to come back inside the plane and take a seat. A flight attendant then explained to him - extremely patiently, given the circumstances - that as an elected representative, he shouldn’t be acting in such a manner. But Ravindra Gaikwad, a Shiv Sena MP, was flippant, arrogant, and had no fear of consequences.

He proudly told reporters later that he hit the man 25 times with a slipper, and that it was the threat of accountability from the staffer that actually set him off. “I first asked him to lower his voice as his blood pressure would shoot up. He then said he would complain to Modi. Then I slapped him. I hit him 25 times with my sandal,” Ravindra Gaikwad told reporters later. "I am Shiv Sena MP, not of BJP, to tolerate abuses," he added.

His actions on Thursday though have angered not just Air India, but at least six other airlines. Indigo, Spicejet, Jet Airways, GoAir, AirAsia and Vistara, along with Air India, have announced that they will not take Virendra Gaikwad on board ever again.

Netizens have welcomed this move, disgusted as they are with Gaikwad’s uncouth behaviour.

Some even wanted the railways to ban him for his behaviour.

And many wanted to know why the MP hasn’t been arrested yet.

Watch the full video here:

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