GoAir suspends trainee pilot over objectionable social-media behaviour

The employee, however, claims some impostor with the same name is responsible for the controversial tweets and has filed a complaint.


Standing by its zero-tolerance policy, Go Air, the budget airline, had sacked a trainee pilot for posting objectionable comments on Twitter. The airline had stated that it expects all its employees to abide by the rules of employment, which includes social-media behaviour too. It clarified that the airline “does not associate itself with personal views expressed by an individual or an employee,” and therefore, had fired the said employee immediately.

The concerned trainee pilot, Asif Khan, however, has claimed innocence, saying that the objectionable and hateful tweets were posted by someone else with the same name.

Recently, Khan has revealed on Facebook that he has filed an FIR against the person who used his identity to send the hateful comments and post objectionable statements on social media. The imposter’s act has led to Khan being wrongly accused and ending up losing his job.

A complaint has also been filed with the Mumbai police cyber cell stating that the .. controversial tweet was posted from impostor’s account.

Khan also claimed that he had been receiving death threats and hateful messages full of abuses. According to him, even his mother and sister are being threatened with rape, just because someone carrying the same name as his has posted objectionable comments against Hindu gods on Twitter.

Following this, GoAir changed Khan’s termination into suspension. He is to remain suspended till internal and external inquiries and investigations get to the root of the matter and establish his innocence.

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