"I hit the staffer 25 times, not just once", was Gaikwad's brazen response when Firstpost asked him about the incident.
Five Indian airlines have banned a member of the country's parliament after he beat a 60-year-old Air India staff member with a shoe 25 times.
A common practice among worldwide and some private Indian airlines, this is the first time the Indian national carrier has blacklisted a rowdy passenger.
While Gaikwad's travel agent initially managed to book a ticket on an IndiGo flight, the airlines cancelled it when it came to know the passenger details.
The politician, whose Shiv Sena party is a partner of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, had been told in advance that he could not fly business class because it was an all-economy flight.
Delhi Police meanwhile have said that an FIR has been lodged against Gaikwad. "This is not the first time it has happened", Gaikwad was reported to have told TV channel News18.
"We have received two complaints, one from Air India and other for Ravindra Gaikwad". Mr. Gaikwad insisted on seeing the top officials of the management.
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MP Gaikwad had slapped a ground staff of Air India after he was made to fly economy class between Pune and Delhi despite having a business class ticket.
R Sukumar, who is with the state-owned airline's ground handling subsidiary, also said Ravindra Gaikwad's assault on him was akin to a violent road rage incident.
Air India got support from IndiGo, Spicejet and AirAsia for any move which bars unruly passengers from flying after Air India said it was mulling preparing a no-fly list for such people.
An Indian airline said Friday it had cancelled a booking by a Hindu nationalist lawmaker who repeatedly hit an Air India steward with his sandal in a row over which seat to take. Interestingly, Gai-kwad is headed to Pune this afternoon and is likely to fly Air India again.
"I said I am an MP, don't raise your voice". The police after seeking legal remedies filed an FIR under IPC Section of 308 and 355 against the Shiv Sena MP.
"I am not scared at all, either with Gaikwad or with the Shiv Sena. How can they not let me travel when I have a booking and I am their passenger". I have been serving public and have also faced many who get irritated on such issues.
Earlier, the Centre also took cognizance of the incident and assured a thorough probe into the matter.