Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra was suspended from flying by IndiGo and Air India on Tuesday after he allegedly hailing journalist Arnab Goswami aboard one of its flights from Mumbai to Lucknow.
IndiGo suspended Kamra from flying with it for a period of six months while, Air India banned him until further notice.
“In light of the recent incident on board 6E 5317 from Mumbai to Lucknow, we wish to inform that we are suspending Mr Kunal Kamra from flying with IndiGo for a period of six months, as his conduct onboard was unacceptable behaviour,” the IndiGo airline said in a tweet while tagging Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
Replying to IndiGo’s tweet, Puri also condemned Kamra’s behaviour and advised other airlines to impose similar restrictions on the stand-up comedian. He said,”offensive behaviour designed to provoke and create disturbance inside an aircraft is absolutely unacceptable and endangers safety of air travellers”.
Replying to IndiGo’s tweet, Puri also condemned Kamra’s behaviour and advised other airlines to impose similar restrictions on the stand-up comedian.
His act, however, gained support from many Twitterati, including Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.
In a video clip posted by Kamra on Twitter, the stand-up comedian can be heard demanding a reply from Goswami.
Kamra also posted a statement explaining what took place on the flight on his Twitter handle and said that he had apologised to all crew members, pilots. “I apologise to all passengers except one,” the statement said.