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Centre announces official no-fly-list; proposes upto 3 year ban

Centre announces official no-fly-list; proposes upto 3 year ban

In an attempt to tackle the unruly and disruptive behaviour of travelers on aircraft, the aviation ministry today released the guidelines to prepare a no-fly list. In April, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad beat up an Air India staffer with his slippers.

The new flying rules will apply to foreign carriers as well, the civil aviation ministry said.

Two Members of Parliament (MPs) were barred from by the domestic carriers from flying after they allegedly assaulted and abused airline staff in two separate incidents.

India's list will be unique because the no-fly lists in other countries are based only on security grounds and do not consider safety reasons.

The punishment to offenders will be decided by an independent committee under a retired District Judge within a period of 30 days of alleged offence, according to Raju.

He further said that the No-Fly ban will be in addition to any statutory legal action that can be taken against the offender under existing laws. Under these levels, passengers can be banned for over 2 years depending upon the level of misdemeanor.

"The concept of no-fly is based on safety of other passengers, crew and the aircraft, and not just on the security threat", the government said.

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.

Level 1: unruly verbal behaviour under which a passenger found guilt can be banned for flying for up to three months.

The new rules provide graded punishment for offences which are categorised into three levels. For any unruly behaviour on an airport premises, the aviation ministry clarified that relevant security agencies will deal with the matter under relevant penal provisions.

6 months for physically abusive behavior such as kicking, pushing and sexual harassment.

The rules are technically called the Civil Aviation Requirement. Ban to be twice the period of previous ban in case of subsequent offence. As per the vehicle provisions, the internal committee will have to decide the matter within 30 days, and also specify the duration of ban on the unruly passenger.

The revised auto proposes that an internal committee will have to decide the matter of offence committed by a passenger within 30 days along with the duration of the ban. While industry executives who spoke to ET on the condition of anonymity welcomed the decision to create no-fly lists of passengers, some were unsure about the need to form an internal panel with a judge on it to probe the incidents. The latter component will, however, not be displayed on the DGCA website.

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