Raipur/New Delhi, Oct. 2 (PTI): Singer Udit Narayan's son Aditya allegedly threatened and abused IndiGo ground staff, including a woman employee, in Raipur during a row over excess baggage fees.
"(If) you are going to offload me, I will see you in Mumbai... phir dekh lenge (then we will see)," Aditya can be heard threatening an IndiGo duty manager in a purported video of the Sunday morning's incident being aired by TV channels.
The scrap started when the 30-year-old singer, actor and TV host was asked to cough up Rs 13,000 for excess check-in baggage of 40kg over the free limit of 15 kg, according to the airline that charges Rs 300 for every extra kg.
According to an IndiGo statement, Aditya used "unparliamentary" language while arguing with the woman employee. "Aditya, travelling with a group of five, was carrying excess baggage of 40 kg. The amount to be paid for the excess baggage came to Rs 13,000. He refused to pay this to the female check-in staff member, said he will not pay more than Rs 10,000 and used unparliamentary language with her," the statement said.
The airline claimed Aditya also used "abusive words" against its duty manager.
However, Aditya was later issued a boarding pass after apologising to the staff, IndiGo said, but did not specify whether he paid the full charges.
"We at IndiGo can at no point compromise the dignity of our staff members or passengers," the statement said. Narayan did not reply despite repeated attempts to contact him.
Rules framed last month by the Centre for a no-fly list of unruly passengers provide for a flying ban ranging from three months to an indefinite period. But the ban can be enforced only in cases of misbehaviour inside a plane, either stationary or air-bone. Acts of misdemeanour at airports have to be probed by the local police.
In June, IndiGo had barred TDP MP Diwakar Reddy from flying after a spat with ground staff in Visakhapatnam during which he threw a printer kept at the airline's counter on being denied a boarding pass for having reported late for his flight.
Earlier this year, IndiGo and other local carriers had banned Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad from flying after he allegedly hit an Air India employee with a slipper.