Amid ban by four airlines, Kunal Kamra flies again, thanks Vistara

Four airlines have blacklisted the comedian for heckling Republic TV anchor Arnab Goswami on a flight

Kunal Kamra
The court also declined Kamra's oral plea for an interim direction permitting him to fly on any of the airlines.

Comedian Kunal Kamra, who has been banned from flying by four airlines after he heckled Republic TV anchor Arnab Goswami on board an IndiGo flight, was back at the airport on Sunday (February 2) to catch a Vistara flight.

He tweeted a photo of him from the Mumbai airport on Sunday, saying “My airport look all thanks to @airvistara following due process… #lovevistara.” Hours later, he posted another photo from inside an aircraft that showed an IndiGo flight at a distance.

In another tweet, Kamra alleged he was being harassed by “right-wingers” on phone. “You’ve to give it to the right wingers, they’re far more motivated than who they’re ‘Fighting’ I’ve received around a 1000 calls since yesterday… I can’t fly very much but my phone will mostly be on flight-mode,” he said.

IndiGo had imposed a flying-ban on the Mumbai-based comedian for six months after he heckled Goswami on board one of its Lucknow-bound flights on January 28. The comedian had posted a video of the incident on Twitter that showed Kamra asking an uncompliant Goswami whether he is a “coward”.

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Soon after IndiGo banned him, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted an advice for other airlines to impose similar restrictions on the comedian. Subsequently, three other airlines — Air India, SpiceJet, and GoAir — blacklisted Kamra.

However, the pilot who flew Kamra and Goswami on Janury 30 wrote to the IndiGo’s management, expressing disappointment, saying he was not consulted before the ban was placed. Kamra has also sent a legal notice to IndiGo, demanding an unconditional apology, revocation of the ban and ₹25 lakh compensation.

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