New Rules While Flying Unveiled, No Fly List Next

Marie Harrington
September 10, 2017

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said while devising the no-fly mechanism the government has given prominence to safety.

According to civil aviation secretary RN Choubey, if the unruly behaviour is of a very gross nature then the ban may be extended for life as well. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation said the committee will be chaired by a retired district judge, and its members will include those who represent the airlines and flyers.

While the demand was persistent, it triggered into a mass protest, following an incident in which a Shiv Sena MP Ravidra Gaikwad allegedly hit an Air India staffer with his slipper 25 times over not being given a business class seat in an all-economy plane. Unruly and ill-mannered passengers can now be banned from flying for a period ranging from three months to lifetime by airline operators. International Airlines too have to conform to the norms as per the Tokyo Convention, 1963. The punishment for offenders will be a ban of up to 6 months.

The focus of the new rules have been on ensuring on board safety while maintaining an element of balance and safeguarding the interest of passengers, cabin crew and the airlines, Sinha said. For example, if a customer displays unruly physical gestures, verbal harassment and unruly inebriation, they can face a ban of three months. He said the upcoming No - Fly List in India will be unique and first-of-its-kind in the world.

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju tweeted about this development and said that it will be released on September 8, Friday. The offender will end up in the list for "two or more years without limit" if he commits a Level 3 offence which is categorised as life-threatening behaviour like murderous assault, choking and damaging aircraft operating system among others.

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A special Internal Committee will be set up to rule on complaints. After any incident, the airlines must report and investigate the matter with 30 days. The ban will be doubled for repeat offences.

Once a person is put on the National Football League by an airline after this process, other carriers can also decide on banning him or her from flying for the same.

The no-fly list will be available on the DGCA website. A person put on National Football League by an airline will have the right to appeal within 60 days to an "appellate committee" constituted by the aviation ministry.

If any party is aggrieved with the decision, they can approach a government-appointed panel headed by a retired High Court judge, representative of airline who is not below the rank of Vice President and representative of passenger association or consumer forum.

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