Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra has been in news lately after he engaged in a ‘not so pleasant’ encounter with journalist Arnab Goswami in a flight. Kunal has been put on a ‘No Fly List’ by IndiGo airlines after this incident. After IndiGo, Air India, GoAir and SpiceJet too banned Kunal Kamra from flying in their airlines until further notice.
Turns out this 'Kunal Kamra ban' also affected a Boston resident with the same name.
This Boston resident who shares the name with the comedian had booked a flight with Air India and his ticket was cancelled, thanks to the 'error' by the air line carrier.
Upon reaching the airport, Kunal was told by the authorities that his PNR has been cancelled as his name has been blacklisted. When he tried to show his Aadhar card the security was not convinced with his given identity proof. In the end, when the security was still unconvinced he had to show his American ID.
"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," the other Kunal Kamra, told India Today.
He continued, "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 further 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."
Reacting to the incident, comedian Kunal Kamra called it a ‘Collateral Damage’.
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