Govt plans no-fly list of unruly passengers: aviation secretary

Ashley Carr
May 6, 2017

Following the Air India slapping row in March, centre on Friday issued draft rules for the aviation sector on no-fly list. "After which the process will be completed in the next ten days", Minister of state of civil aviation Jayant Sinha said.

The draft rules come in wake of an incident involving Indian lawmaker Ravindra Gaikwad who assaulted an Air India staffer.

Other airlines can follow the first airline in banning the errant passenger.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) today made public its amendment to a set of rules on unruly and disruptive passengers and proposed a national-no fly list of such travellers.

Firstly, if a passenger founded guilty of misbehaving, like making physical gestures, they will not be allowed to fly that particular airlines for a duration of two months. The first is disruptive behaviour, the second physically abusive and violent behaviour, while the last is any life threatening actions by a passenger.

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Level 3 offence: A person will be barred for two years or more if found guilty of murderous assault. The no-fly list will include suspension for three months to up to two years or more for offences committed under different categories.

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju during a press conference said that instances of unruly behaviour have been mentioned into three categories.

In case a passenger's name has been added to a no-fly list, he/she will not be able to book a plane ticket. The initial inquiry, at the level of the airline which has imposed the ban, will be conducted by an internal committee headed by a retired District and Sessions Judge.

Passengers recommended by security agencies will not have a right to appeal. The government is also examining ways to track passengers recognised as unruly through an identity document.

Budget carrier Indigo said they will "examine this further to understand the larger implications".

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