VISAKHAPATNAM: Telugu Desam Party MP J C Diwakar Reddy on Thursday kicked up a fuss at the Visakhapatnam International Airport, prompting a flying ban by the budget carrier, Air India, SpiceJet and Jet Airways. The ruckus was created by him after allegedly being disallowed from boarding a flight for arriving late.
Diwakar Reddy reportedly arrived at the airport to board an Indigo flight to Hyderabad after the boarding pass counter was closed.
A video recording of the incident showed Diwakar Reddy arguing with the airline staff, demanding a printer right at the counter. The staff complained to the airport authorities about his behaviour.
Vizag airport director G Prakash Reddy said, "Arriving late for a flight is an issue between passengers and the airline concerned. The airport has nothing to do with it."
He denied that any damage to property was caused in the incident.
This was the second incident in two days of an MP throwing a tantrum upon missing a fliight for having turned up late. On Wednesday, Maharashtra Raju Shetti missed a Jet Airways flight to Delhi when sat in the lounge and did not hear the boarding announcement.
(with PTI inputs)