A member of Parliament from Andhra Pradesh has been booked and a criminal case has been registered against him for allegedly slapping an Air India station manager at Tirupati airport on Thursday. And, what was the official’s fault? He refused to let the politician and his relatives get on to a flight for which boarding had been closed. According to reports, the YSR Congress party MP P Mithun Reddy reached the Tirupati airport about 20 to 25 minutes before flight departure time with some of his relatives to board AI 541 to Delhi.
Boarding counters for domestic flights close at least 45 minutes before departure time–and that’s one rule all flyers are aware of. However, when the airline refused to take him onboard, the Lok Sabha lawmaker went to the cabin of Air India manager at the airport and picked up an “argument” with him. He later “shouted” at the manager before allegedly slapping him, Yerpedu police station sub-inspector Ramakrishnaiah said based on a complaint lodged by the victim.
“Since the boarding, the counter had closed for the 2:30 pm flight when the MP and his entourage reached the airport, the VVIP asked the station manager to accommodate him and his relatives on board. Expressing his inability to do so as boarding had closed, the employee apologized to the MP. The politician flew into a rage and slapped the station manager,” an official told Times Of India.