GoAir takes cue from Air India, withdraws boarding passes with pictures of Narendra Modi, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani

A GoAir spokesperson said that its team in Srinagar Airport inadvertently used unused stock of 'Vibrant Gujarat Summit' paper.

Press Trust of India March 26, 2019 14:56:52 IST
GoAir takes cue from Air India, withdraws boarding passes with pictures of Narendra Modi, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani
  • GoAir's Srinagar Airport team inadvertently utilized unused stock of Vibrant Gujarat Summit related paper for issuing boarding passes

  • On Monday, Air India decided to do the same after the issue ignited controversy on social media

  • Omar Abdullah tweeted on Monday evening that he was on a GoAir flight on Sunday and it 'also had a similar boarding pass, with the prime minister's photo on it'

New Delhi: GoAir has withdrawn its boarding passes with photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, the airline said on Tuesday, a day after Air India rolled back its passes with images of the two leaders.

The airline had taken a "cue from the Election Code of Conduct", a GoAir spokesperson said, adding that its team in Srinagar inadvertently used unused stock of "Vibrant Gujarat" paper.

GoAir takes cue from Air India withdraws boarding passes with pictures of Narendra Modi Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani

Representational image. Reuters

"GoAir's Srinagar Airport team inadvertently utilized unused stock of Vibrant Gujarat related paper which took place in 18-20 January, 2019 for issuing boarding passes at the said airport. It was unintentional. Taking cue from the Election Code of Conduct we have instructed our airport teams to stop utilizing this type of paper with immediate effect,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

On Monday, Air India decided to do the same after the issue ignited controversy on social media. Its boarding passes were also from the Vibrant Gujarat summit with photographs of the two leaders.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted on Monday evening that he was on a GoAir flight on Sunday and it "also had a similar boarding pass with the prime minister's photo on it".

An Air India spokesperson said on Monday that the boarding passes were printed during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit held in January this year and the photographs were part of the advertisement from 'third parties'.

"Air India has decided to roll back the boarding passes of Vibrant Gujarat which had photos of the prime minister and the Gujarat chief minister," said Dhananjay Kumar.

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