• Friday, October 07, 2022


India overturns flight ban on sandal-whacking politician

Ravindra Gaikwad was banned by Air India.

By: Sarwar Alam

India on Friday overturned a travel ban on a controversial politician who attacked a flight steward with his sandal after being refused a business class seat. Ravindra Gaikwad made national headlines after footage emerged in March of the Shiv Sena politician repeatedly striking a steward aboard an Air India flight. He later admitted to whacking the 60-year-old steward roughly two dozen times with his sandal during the altercation over seating on a flight from Pune to New Delhi. Gaikwad was forced to take trains after the airline filed a police complaint and banned him from its flights, prompting other airlines…

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