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Video: Government demands VIP culture at private airlines

That the government of India abuses its “Netjets” – Air India is a fact well known. Members of Parliament (MP), along with their “families”, “assistants”, and other hangers-on are provided all kinds of personalised treatment right from the kerb from where the MP is personally escorted, priority check-in, no security-screening, free snacks, free lounge access, some even want a golf cart to travel to the gate.

Air India management is often “requested” to upgrade these self-important persons, even if it is at the cost of the revenue paying premium passengers the carrier so desperately needs.

Yesterday the ministry of civil aviation, acting on complaints by various MPs, of “ill-treatment” by private airlines, has ordered even low cost carriers to provide various facilitations to MPs.

There was a vigorous debate on CNN-IBN and we hope you will enjoy it. Do share your thoughts on the subject via a comment.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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