Kunal Kamra is persona non-grata in India’s skies.
Hours after Indigo had banned Kamra from all its flights for six months, Air India has gone a step further — it has banned him from all flights “until further notice. ” In view of the incident onboard @IndiGo6E, Air India wishes to inform that conduct of Person concerned is unacceptable.With a view to discourage such behavior onboard flts, Mr Kunal Kamra is suspended from flying on any Air India flt until further notice,” the airline tweeted.
Around an hour ago, Indigo has suspended Kunal Kamra from using its services for 6 months. ” In light of the recent incident on board 6E 5317 from Mumbai to Lucknow, we wish to inform that we are suspending Mr. Kunal Kamra from flying with IndiGo for a period of six months, as his conduct onboard was unacceptable behaviour,” Indigo tweeted. ” Hereby, we wish to advise our passengers to refrain from indulging in personal slander whilst onboard, as this can potentially compromise the safety of fellow passengers,” it added.
Kamra is being penalized by 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.