Unruly flyers to face life ban

Randolph Lopez
September 10, 2017

The no-fly list has been released by the aviation ministry and it will be applicable with immediate effect.

This is for the first time in the history of civil aviation that a no-fly list is being set up to address the issues pertaining to civil aviation safety.

3 months for disruptive behavior that includes physical gestures.

Asked if VIPs like MPs will also face these provisions, aviation minister A G Raju said, "Any flying human being (sic) on an aircraft" will face these provisions.

No Fly List - First of it's kind, any where, the list will have the list of people's names and give the airlines in India the authority to ban people on board.

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A Shiv Sena MP - Ravindra Gaikwad was accused for beating up an Air India official, he was grounded by many domestic carriers until he wrote a written apology to the government apologising for his actions. The CAR would also be applicable to foreign carriers subject to compliance of Tokyo Convention 1963.

In case a passenger is a repeat offender, the duration of the flying ban will be twice that of his previous ban, according to the DGCA rules.

The revised vehicle defines three categories of unruly behavior - Level 1 refers to behaviour that is verbally unruly, and calls for debarment upto 3 months; Level 2 indicates physical unruliness and can lead to the passenger being debarred from flying for upto 6 months and Level 3 indicates life-threatening behaviour where the debarment would be for a minimum of 2 years. Level 2 addresses physically abusive behaviour (pushing, kicking, hitting, inappropriate touching), which will result in a ban of upto six months. The passenger will face a minimum of two years of ban for "life threatening behaviour", assaults and damage to the aircraft. Shortly after, the government announced it will bring rules to tackle such behaviour and put in force a national no-fly list.

The system for implementing India's first National Football League is that the pilot-in-command or captain of the plane on which unruly behaviour took place will file a complaint with the airline. Representatives for the passengers can be someone from a flyers' associations, a consumer rights groups, or a retired officer of the Consumer Forum. "If the probe is not concluded within the time-frame, the passenger will be free to fly", it said, adding that the airline may impose a ban while it is probing the matter for a period not exceeding 30 days. The minister has clarified that the no-fly list will be applicable to "every passenger".

The no-fly list will be available on the DGCA website. The panel's decision can be challenged in High Courts. "Aggrieved persons can appeal within a period of 60 days to the Appellate Committee formed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation".

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