Standup comedian Kunal Kamra has been banned by four major Indian Airlines from boarding their flight after he heckled journalist Arnab Goswami during an IndiGo flight.
GoAir has become the latest airline to bar the comedian from flying in their flight after Kunal Kamra tweeted a 111-second video that showed him calling television journalist Arnab Goswami a “coward” and questioning his work ethic and journalism. In another tweet, Kamra clarified that Goswami called him “mentally unstable” before he launched a verbal attack on him.
IndiGo had responded to the tweet with a six-month ban on Kamra as they termed his act as an “unacceptable behaviour” during its flight. IndiGo announced the ban in a post on Twitter, tagging the civil aviation ministry and aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
Hardeep Singh Puri responded to the tweet along with advicing to other airlines to impose similar restrictions on Kamra for his non tolerable behaviour. “Offensive behaviour designed to provoke & create disturbance inside an aircraft is absolutely unacceptable & endangers safety of air travellers,” the minister said.
Kunal Kamra took the ban in a light way but expressed his disappointment when state-run airline Air India also barred him from boarding their flights.
Kamra responded to news of his ban from boarding SpiceJet too with a tweet that targeted the government.
“Modiji can I walk yaan uspe bhi baan hai (Can I walk or is that too banned)” Kamra tweeted.