The row over an MP being asked to get off an aircraft by its pilot deepened on Sunday as the former refused to tender an apology and threatened the pilots' body to "do what it wants to do".Yes, MP Abdul Wahab is probably a jerk, but calling the pilot a "glorified driver" hardly merits a riposte let alone a defamation suit. In fact, the pilot should have just furnished an insult of his own. End of problem.
"There is no question of any apology from my side. I have done noting wrong," Indian Muslim League MP Abdul Wahab, who was accused of allegedly using foul language against an Indian Airlines pilot, said.
"Let the pilots association do what it wants to do," the Kerala MP said.
The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) had said they would file a defamation suit against Wahab for allegedly calling the pilot a "glorified driver" and asked him to tender an unconditional apology.
But in all honesty, the MP is not far off the mark when he called the pilot a "glorified driver", because it is true. A pilot's job is to pick up passengers, go from point A to point B, and disgorge passengers. Repeat. Aside from more skill involved, what's the difference between a pilot and a bus driver? And I'm not being insulting, but someone who loves aviation and even tried his hand at being a pilot. I had no allusions about being a pilot then, and I don't now. So the ICPA should just leave it alone.