Indian MP beats flight attendant with slipper

Published: March 23, 2017
Ravindra Gaikwad. SCREEN GRAB

Ravindra Gaikwad. SCREEN GRAB

MUMBAI: An Indian politician brazenly admitted on Thursday that he hit a steward on an Air India flight 25 times with his slipper during a row over a seat.

Ravindra Gaikwad, an MP in India’s lower house for the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party, claimed that the attendant had insulted him first on the Pune to New Delhi flight.

“What did he say, that I hit him with my hand? I hit him 25 times with a slipper,” an unrepentant Gaikwad told ANI news agency in video footage posted on its Twitter page and aired on Indian news channels.

Indian media reports said Gaikwad claimed he had a business class ticket but that Air India put him in an economy seat for the Thursday morning flight to India’s capital.

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After first complaining to an air hostess Gaikwad, who represents a constituency in the western state of Maharashtra, then got into a heated argument with the senior flight attendant.

“[The steward] said ‘I will complain to [Indian Prime Minister Narendra] Modi’, so I hit him,” said Gaikwad.”Should I have to listen to this abuse?” he added.

Politicians from other political parties roundly condemned Gaikwad’s actions while a spokesman for Air India told AFP the airline was investigating the incident.

Last year an Indian MP was arrested for allegedly slapping an airline official at an airport in Andhra Pradesh after he and his family were prevented from boarding their flight because the gate had closed.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • ifz
    Mar 23, 2017 - 5:24PM

    Their attitude is worse than Pakistani MP’s.Recommend

  • kemosabe
    Mar 23, 2017 - 5:29PM

    Lol ! Why didn’t he use a flyswatter ?Recommend

  • k
    Mar 23, 2017 - 6:50PM

    He will certainly pay the price of this disgusting behaviour, i am sure.Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Mar 23, 2017 - 6:52PM

    The Shivsena MPs are mostly uneducated and uncivilised lot. This idiot gaikwad should have known that the AI flight he boarded does not have business class. I find it amazing that he did not know he was boarding an all economy class flight. Furthermore what if he had to sit with fare-paying honest passengers? He did not pay for his ticket. He is a free-loader. These people of Marathaa class are rude and crude.Recommend

  • k
    Mar 23, 2017 - 10:23PM

    Latest updates: He is banned from AI, banned from IGI T3 DELHI, 2 FIRs has been booked, His party is taking action & Most probably he is going jail.Recommend

  • twoeyes
    Mar 23, 2017 - 10:29PM

    Prime example of entitlement cultureRecommend

  • Lalit
    Mar 24, 2017 - 2:21AM

    @ifz: The politician may be from a higher caste so he would be offended if he was spoken to rudely by a low caste steward on the plane. Politicians in India are probably worse than in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Mar 24, 2017 - 3:33AM

    And most likely he will be released in 3 months if not less. But he is most welcome to try that smackdown stunt on PIA to see what happens ? Perhaps finally the airline will get its act together.Recommend

  • Mohammed Wani
    Mar 24, 2017 - 4:24PM

    He has been banned from flying by all carriers. He cannot board any flight till further notice.Recommend

  • J Ahmed
    Mar 24, 2017 - 4:30PM

    Don’t worry Pakistanis have their fare share of such rowdy politicians.Recommend

  • Sateesh
    Mar 24, 2017 - 4:40PM

    What to do? We have to still tolerate with this kind of clueless, illiterate politicians! But this is the same history of any developing country! it says that “politics is the last shelter of scoundrels” and this is hundred percent true in the case of all south east Asian countries including Pakistan! But we are changing! Let’s change together!!Recommend

  • Mega
    Mar 24, 2017 - 7:15PM

    @Lalit: Nope. The Politician is from lower caste. His surname is “Gaikwad”. He got angry and slapped the Air India employee because the employee said he will complain to PM modi.
    Shiv sena is loosing its clout in Maharastra with BjP winning all seats previously known as sena territory. This has rattled them. There too much animosity in between both parties now on Verge of breaking no wonder he got angry hearing PM modi’s name.
    All indian flyers – Air india, Indian airline, indigo, Jet airways, Air asia, spice jet, Tata -vistara etc have banned him forever for his conduct.Recommend

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