Kunal Kamra has moved a step closer to entirely bidding adieu to domestic air travel.
After being banned by Indigo, Air India and Spice Jet, Go Air has become the latest airline to ban the comedian. In a statement, the airline said that it had banned Kamra from using its services until further notice.
Kamra is being penalized by India’s airlines after he unleashed a deranged attack on Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami while on board an Indigo flight. He had shared a video of himself hectoring Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami in an expletive-filled rant. Kamra had taunted Goswami as a “coward”, and described himself as a member of the “Tukde Tukde gang.” He had then then gone off on a incoherent rant, repeatedly asking Arnab to confront him. Arnab had ignored Kamra completely, at which point Kamra had lost his cool and used the f-word several times.
The penalties being imposed by airlines are as per Indian aviation rules. India’s National No Fly List identifies disruptive passengers and temporarily prohibits them from boarding flights. Offences are categorised into three levels punishable by lengthier bans — inappropriate physical gestures, verbal harassment and unruly inebriation are Level 1 offences and are punishable with ban of up to 3 months. Physically abusive behaviour, including inappropriate touching, are Level 2 offences punishable by ban of up to 6 months. Any action that threatens the life of a passenger or attempts to damage to aircraft systems constitutes of Level 3 offence and is punishable with a mandatory minimum ban of at least 2 years.
With Go Air banning him as well, Kamra is now not allowed to take flights on India’s four largest airlines. Until last year, Indigo had a 49 percent market share in India, followed by Spice Jet with 14.8 percent, Air India with 13.5 percent, and Go Air with 11.1 percent. With all these airlines banning him, Kamra can currently not take more than 89 percent of all domestic Indian flights. The two airlines that are still to ban Kamra are Vistara and Air Asia.