Kunal Kamra’s air travel & collateral damage all Kamras have to suffer

Kunal Kamra collateral damage

The Hush Post|6:50 pm|one-minute-read|

Air India will not let Kunal Kamra or any of his namesake’s sit in the Air India flight. So if there are hundred people by that name their ticket stands cancelled. Recently, another Kunal Kamra, with no link or relationship to comedian Kunal Kamra was also banned by Air India on its flight from Boston.

This Kunal Kamra, who is a resident of Boston and is currently in India visiting his family, had to go through a long ordeal at the Jaipur airport, all because of his name.

On the afternoon of February 3, 2020, Kunal had a flight from Jaipur to Mumbai with Air India. Air India, by the way, is one of the airlines that have banned his more famous namesake. The other carriers are IndiGo (onboard a flight of which the incident took place), SpiceJet and GoAir.

As this Kunal reached the check-in counter, he was told that his PNR had been cancelled. He said, “I was told that my PNR was cancelled and when I asked them why, they said that my name had been blacklisted. I could understand why, but I did not understand why particularly I was blacklisted. I knew why the other Kunal Kamra was blacklisted.”

Air India cancelled this man’s flight because of his name.
He added that the ground crew of Air India was very helpful but it was an unpleasant experience. He said, “The Air India people were very helpful. Luckily, I had ample time before the flight, so everything was sorted out. They were able to issue me another ticket but what was most annoying for me was that the burden of proof was on me. So I had to prove that I am not this person.”

He added, “I was not informed before my flight that my ticket was cancelled. I never received a proper explanation as to why MY ticket was cancelled. Basically, the only reason they cancelled my ticket is because my name is the exact same as that of another person. The problem with that is that if you were to cancel my ticket just based on my name, that is not acceptable because a lot of people might have the same name.”

Dhananjay Kumar, spokesperson, Air India, said, “Comedian Kunal Kamra is banned from boarding Air India. It’s mentioned in our system, that’s why his name was automatically rejected. But after verification of all the credentials of the passenger, we allowed him to board the flight.”

 

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