New Delhi: Vistara Airline issued a clarification after facing heavy flak for all sides for first tweeting and then later deleting a post welcoming the controversial Major General (retired) Bakshi as a passenger on one its flight.
“We do not want our platform to be disrespectful or hurtful to anyone. Our decision to remove the post was driven by the objective of deleting such comments,” the airline said in a statement on Twitter.
The airline felt the wrath of the Twitterati after it posted an tweet of Bakshi along with cabin crew in which it said, it was “honoured” to have him on board. After much drubbing online, the post was deleted. The air carrier then got in the cross-hairs of netizens who criticised it for the action.
On both side of the argument, the dissenters agreed to boycott the airline in the future.
Bakshi is known for his firebrand style of commentating on issues of national security on national television debates. A defence analyst known his aggressive comments is a favourite of right-wing social handles and persons.
“General GD Bakshi is a sparkling counter terrorism specialist, a celebrated Kargil war hero and a true nationalist. By deleting your tweet after coming under pressure from a handful of anti-army bigots, you have disappointed many frequent fliers. YOU MUST APOLOGIZE,” tweeted Preeti Gandhi, national in-charge of BJP social media women’s wing.
“I was planning to book your 7.15am flight from Delhi to Chennai but now opting for any other airlines available. Won’t travel in an airline who fails to respect army veterans. Such a cowardly act by deleting Major GD Bakshi’s pic,” tweeted another user Arunava Das slamming the airline for deleting the post.
After facing much flak for deleting the tweet, the airline said its action was prompted to remove the hateful commnents from all parties related.