No Fly List: New rules for banning unruly passengers, a 3-level check

After the Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad issue, many airlines staff were raising the issue of their safety. So finally for the first time in India, the Central Government drafted some rules for unruly passengers. The Civil Aviation Ministry on Friday announced rules for passengers to be allowed to be put on an airline’s “no-fly” list. Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, MoS Jayant Sinha and Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey released the rules.

While releasing the draft rules Civil Aviation Secretary said that, “If any incident will happen, then, the Airline can immediately ban the passenger. After which the process will be completed in the next ten days.” According to the Aviation Ministry, the offences have been categorized in three levels – Level one constitutes disruptive behaviour like physical gestures.

Level 1- Disruptive behaviour such as physical gestures for which a passenger will be handed out a suspension of three months.

Level 2- Physically abusive behaviour and sexual harassment for which suspension from flying will be for six months.

Level 3 – Murderous assault or life-threatening behaviour, damage to aircraft operating systems for which suspension will be for 2 years or more.

Additionally, for every subsequent offence, the unruly passenger may be banned for twice the period of the previous ban. “The airlines will maintain a database of such passengers which will form a National No-Fly List of unruly or disruptive passengers. Individuals defined by Ministry of Home Affairs as national security threats will also form part of the National No-Fly List,” said a press statement issued by the Civil Aviation Ministry. “Such names will be forwarded to the individuals by the airlines indicating the reasons for inclusion of their names in the National No-Fly List,” the official statement said.

As per the IATA, in 2015, there were 10,854 reported cases of unruly behaviour by the passengers across airlines worldwide, which translate into one incident for every 1,205 flights. By June 30 this year, it is possible for us to come up with the finalisation of the amendment, Choubey said. The draft will give about a month for the public to comment. The aviation ministry will then take some time to study them and come out with the final set of rules.

(Inputs from ANI)

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