Kunal Kamra trolls TV anchor on IndiGo flight, airline bans him for 6 months
Comedian Kunal Kamra was on Tuesday barred from flying with IndiGo for six months after the stand-up comic heckled TV presenter Arnab Goswami on board a Mumbai-Lucknow flight.
The airline said the artist’s behaviour on flight 6E 5317 was “unacceptable”.
Soon after IndiGo banned him, aviation minister Hardeep Puri said offensive behaviour meant to provoke and create disturbance inside an aircraft is “absolutely unacceptable”. He added it endangers the safety of other travellers. The minister also advised other airlines to impose a similar ban on the comedian.
“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 on board was unacceptable behaviour,” the airline said in a tweet.
The low-cost budget airline also advised its passengers to keep in mind the safety of fellow travellers and not indulge in “personal slander”.
“Hereby, we wish to advise our passengers to refrain from indulging in personal slander whilst onboard, as this can potentially compromise the safety of fellow passengers,” the airline said in another tweet.
Reacting to the six-month ban, the comedian, while thanking the airline, termed its action as “kind”.
Narrating the turn of events, Kamra said he “politely” asked Arnab Goswami to have a conversation and gave the TV anchor a monologue about what he thought about the latter’s “journalism”. At this point, Kamra alleged, that the anchor called him “mentally unstable”.
Kamra again approached Goswami after the seatbelt signs went off. When the anchor refused to engage, Kamra said he did what “Republic TV journalists do to people and he does not regret it”.
Upon being asked by the stewardess, Kamra says he went back to his seat and apologised to each crew member and the two pilots.
Kamra maintained that he did nothing wrong or criminal. He also apologised to every passenger “except one”.