Taking the idea of banning passengers for their unruly behaviour onboard a flight from the airlines, the Indian Railways is also mulling to ban such passengers who pose a threat to fellow travellers, railway ministry officials said on Tuesday (28 January).
A senior railway ministry official in the know of the development told news agency IANS, "Looking at the growing trend of passengers going unruly during flight and risking the lives of other passengers, the railways is also mulling to ban such passengers for a few months."
This idea of taking strict action against unruly passengers came about after India’s popular low cost airline in a series of tweets on Tuesday evening announced that it had suspended controversial ‘comedian’ Kunal Kamra from flying the airline for a period of six months after he harassed senior journalist Arnab Goswami on board a Mumbai to Lucknow flight.
After the Kunal Kamra incident it is quite likely passengers, who have been banned from traveling with various airlines will also be on the no travel list of Indian Railways. The Railways will take the list from the airlines and then put it on their system which will ensure such individuals cannot book tickets for a period of time.
However, some social media users who condemned Kamra’s behaviour are calling his six month travel ban by Indigo airlines, harsh and some have even justified his behaviour.
Journalist Nidhi Razdan called the action “a bit excessive” in a tweet after Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep tweeted, that “Offensive behaviour designed to provoke & create disturbance inside an aircraft is absolutely unacceptable & endangers safety of air travellers.”
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, in a tweet justified the behavior of Kamra and in a classic case of false equivalence said, “Arnab got a taste of his own medicine.”
The truth is that it was time someone gave him a taste of his own medicine. These are the words he regularly uses to berate his innocent victims, except he does so in a hectoring, bullying manner & at higher volume & pitch than @kunalkamra88 does in this video. https://t.co/e94B8WcEtj— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) January 28, 2020
An appeal from Swarajya
At Swarajya, we rely on our readers' support through subscriptions to sustain our media platform. Unlike larger conglomerates, we are unable to relentlessly chase advertising money — our model is largely built on your patronage.
Your support has never been more crucial. We work tirelessly to deliver 10-15 high-quality articles daily, ensuring you receive insightful content from 7 AM to 10 PM.
If you believe India's story has to be articulated in a way it has never been done before without shrugging it off, become a patron (or) subscribe now for ₹̶2̶4̶0̶0̶ ₹1999 and get 12 print issues, unlimited digital access for 1 year, a special India that is Bharat T-shirt (Offer ends soon).
We are counting on you!