DGCA backs action by airlines against ban on Kunal Kamra

Kunal Kamra, Arnab Goswami, IndiGo, Air India, Ministry Of Civil Aviation, NewsMobile

Four Airlines, SpiceJet, Air India, GoAir and Indigo banned stand-up comic Kunal Kamra from flying with them for allegedly heckling journalist Arnab Goswami onboard an IndiGo plane, aviation regulator DGCA on Wednesday said the move complies with its regulations.

IndiGo has suspended Kamra from flying with it for six months, while SpiceJet, Air India and GoAir banned the comedian “till further notice.”

“This is to reiterate that the action taken by the airlines is in complete consonance with Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) Section-3, Series M Part VI on Handling of unruly passengers,” said the statement by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

“Now the matter is to be referred to the internal committee as prescribed in para 6.1 of the said CAR. Further, as per para 6.4 of the CAR, the internal committee is to give the final decision in 30 days by giving the reasons in writing, which shall be binding on the airline concerned. Punishment for different type of unruly behaviour is also prescribed in the same CAR and the internal committee has to adhere to the same,” it added.

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