It has emerged from media reports that the pilot whose services were terminated by low-cost airline GoAir for allegedly posting ‘derogatory remarks against the PM’ on his Twitter account is an Indian Air Force veteran who served in the IAF for 25 years.
Captain Miki Malik had tweeted on Thursday: “PM is an idiot. You can call me same in return. It’s ok. I don’t matter. Bcoz I am not PM. But PM is an idiot. Period”.
He has since deleted the tweet and locked his Twitter account.
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It is reported He also tweeted an apology. “I apologise for my tweets about PM, other offensive tweets which may have hurt sentiments of anyone associated. I convey that GoAir is not associated with any of my tweets directly or indirectly as they were personal views,” he posted.
As per media reports, a GoAir spokesperson, confirmed the sacking of the pilot, saying:
“GoAir has zero tolerance policy and it is mandatory for all GoAir employees to comply with the company’s employment rules, regulations and policies, including social media behaviour.
The airline does not associate itself with personal views expressed by any individual or an employee. GoAir has terminated the services of the captain with immediate effect”.
The development triggered a social media debate with a number of users taking to Twitter to criticise the airline’s move to fire the pilot and giving a call to boycott it.