Centre issues no-fly norms for unruly, disruptive passengers

06 May, 2017, 01:59 | Author: Celia Hoffman
  • What is an offence

This comes in the backdrop of Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad assaulting an Air India employee in March.

The three-level classification comprises physical gestures, unruly behavior and murderous assault.

The new rules were announced here at a press conference addressed by the Civil Aviation Minster Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary R.N. Choubey. The second level is for physical abuse - pushing, kicking, sexual harassment and the like - punishable by a 6-month suspension.

Level 3: If a flyer is convicted of "life threatening behaviour", he or she can be put on the no-fly list for two years or more! "Different categories of unruly behaviour have not been properly defined". Since last July, there have been 53 incidents of unruly behavior of passengers reported by airlines to the Indian civil aviation ministry.

The ministry has categorised unruly behaviour into three levels and has proposed a national "no-fly list". "Ideally the duration should be fixed by the MoCA or DGCA (the Directorate General of Civil Aviation) and then followed uniformly by all airlines", Amber Dubey, Partner and India head of Aerospace and Defence at global consultancy KPMG.

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As per ANI, for one month, the new rules will be open for public comments before the ministry analyses the feedback received from the public and finalises the rules.

For every subsequent offence, the unruly passenger may be banned for twice the period of the previous ban. This level of offence will carry a flying ban of three months.

Choubey clarified that airlines can ban passengers from flying immediately, but the passenger won't come on national no-fly list immediately. Passengers who have been suspended from flying can appeal against the decision.

Passengers recommended by security agencies will not have a right to appeal.

Passengers will be identified based on their Aadhaar card, said the minister, asserting, "You need to provide identity in order to make the journey". However, Choubey said that this is still being examined.

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