Four airlines impose ban on Kunal Kamra for teasing Arnab Goswami
New Delhi : Comedian Kunal Kamra was seen booing Arnab Goswami on an Indigo flight, soon after which the airlines imposed a ban on him, restricting him from boarding any of the carrier's flight. On the same lines, Air India, SpiceJet and GoAir also declared a similar ban.
"Offensive behaviour designed to provoke & create disturbance inside an aircraft is absolutely unacceptable and endangers the safety of air travellers. We are left with no option but to advise other airlines to impose similar restrictions on the person concerned," Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri posted on Twitter.
All of the above airlines tagged Mr Puri and imposed ban announcing their compliance.
The chain reaction from the airlines has ignited online debates. In 2017, when the government had introduced rules about blacklisting disruptive passengers, they had said all airlines are not obliged to block a person banned by other carriers.
The airline ban triggered criticism from social media users who recalled how a Republic TV reporter had once similarly heckled opposition's Tejashwi Yadav, of Bihar's Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), onboard a flight.
"So @republic did the same thing what @kunalkamra88 did with Arnab. But only punishment to Kunal. #hypocrisy #ArnabGoswami #kunalkamra," wrote a Twitter user Prajakat Kamat.
Dear Journalist, It’s easy to abuse politicians but difficult to live their life. We don’t hv any privacy anywhere but u hv. We are into a great thankless job of serving people & u r in bootlicking job of pleasing ur paymasters. Who’s brat of Whom country knows it inside out? https://t.co/eJiifxKxHP— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) January 29, 2020
Here are some of the reactions which have started a debate
It is us vs them . Us is BJP and Modi supporters who will never be penalised or punished , no matter what the crime is and then is everyone else . Total Fascism . They are not even pretending anymore .— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) January 29, 2020
Banning Kunal for 6 months show the hypocrisy, irrationality and shamelessness of @IndiGo6E. They are slaves of his master's voice. Clearly it's a politically coerced conspiracy. They are including in social discrimination. I quit flying with them for 6 months. #BoycottIndigo https://t.co/89hRl6y1Wr— 🇮🇳 STAY HOME. STAY SAFE. KEEP PRAYING! (@KrishnamHQ) January 29, 2020
It’s been over 2 months and they haven’t taken any action against Pragya Thakur who created a scene using her power to circumvent flight safety rules. Didn’t even take them a full day to suspend Kunal Kamra.— BullBull (@DahiiBhalla) January 29, 2020
Bunch of shameless, spineless cowards. https://t.co/oDjXwOJmDo