Air India issues boarding card with Modi’s picture, again; calls it a ‘human error’

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on March 29, 2019

Calls it ‘human error’, issues show casue notice to airport manager


On Friday, Air India again issued a boarding card carrying pictures of Narendra Modi and Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat, to a passenger travelling from Madurai.

“Today’s incident is apparently a human error. A show- cause notice on the error has been issued to the airport manager of Air India at Madurai. Today, the Air India management has reiterated its earlier instructions and asked for confirmation from all stations regarding discontinuation of these boarding cards,” an airline spokesperson said, adding that the airline had issued a notice on March 25 to all domestic stations to discontinue using boarding cards with Vibrant Gujarat advertisement on the reverse with immediate effect. Sources indicated that the error happened as old and new stocks of boarding cards got mixed.

EC crackdown

The boarding card was issued even as the Election Commission is examining whether the airline’s decision to use such a boarding card on an earlier flight is a violation of the Model Code of Conduct, which is in place for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The controversy first erupted on March 25, when Punjab’s former Director General of Police put his boarding card on Twitter, pointing out that his Air India boarding card prominently flashed Narendra Modi’s and Vijay Rupani’s photographs.

At the time of the first incident, sources in the airline had said that these boarding passes were issued to the commercial department and airports in December last year and should have got exhausted by now.

Meanwhile, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation has imposed a penalty of ₹1 lakh on the licensee who has also been asked to show cause as to how cups which were labelled “Main bhi Chowkidar” were used in trains. The official statement says that the cups have been withdrawn.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission said authorities had seized ₹1,253.59 crore of unauthorised cash, drugs and narcotics, liquor and precious metals till Friday. This includes ₹675.74 crore worth of drugs and narcotics and unaccounted cash worth ₹250.18 crore. In addition, precious metals like gold worth ₹183.09 crore have also been seized, the commission said in a statement.

Published on March 29, 2019

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