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TMC MP Dola Sen delays Air India flight

By Ramandeep S Bajwa -- April 07, 2017 5:04 pm -- Updated:Feb 15, 2021

New Delhi: In yet another reminder of the VVIP culture, Trinamool Congress (TMC) Rajya Sabha MP Dola Sen on Friday delayed the Air India flight from Delhi to Kolkata by 30 minutes after refusing to abide by the security protocols.

As per sources Air India requested Sen to shift her senior citizen mother's seat from the emergency exit, but the MP refused and created a ruckus.

Sen's mother was on wheel chair and as per the rules she couldn't sit near the exit door.

The crew requested the MP to change the seat. She was initially reluctant to change the seat.

This is not the first time when the Indian politicians have delayed flights.

Recently, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad also delayed Air India flight for 45 minutes and even attracted controversy for hitting the staffer of national carrier over the issue of seating arrangement.

Almost eight Air lines imposed a ban on Gaikwad for his unwarranted act. Air India, however, lifted the ban today after he apologized for the incident.