Unruly face flight ban in new draft rules

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said India will be the first country to have a national no-fly list based on safety.

By: ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: May 6, 2017 5:23 am
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Unruly and disruptive behaviour by domestic air passengers could invite a flying ban of minimum three months and up to an indefinite period from July 1. The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Friday unveiled draft rules for a “national no-fly list” of such passengers. These are open for public discussion for a month and the final rules will be released by June-end.

The no-fly list will be maintained by the safety regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The move follows the recent incident involving Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who allegedly assaulted an Air India staffer on board an aircraft at Delhi airport.

The government has defined three levels of unruly behaviour. A person identified as a threat by security agencies will also be included in this list.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said India will be the first country to have a national no-fly list based on safety.

Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey said the no-fly list will be created with an appropriate oversight and give passengers the right to appeal before they are put on such a list.

The three levels of unruly/disruptive behaviour, each with a corresponding duration of flying ban, are:

* Level 1 misdemeanour includes disruptive behaviour such as physical gestures, verbal harassment and unruly behaviour because of inebriation. This level of offence will carry a flying ban of three months.

* Level 2 comprises physically abusive behaviour such as pushing, hitting, grabbing, inappropriate touching or sexual harassment. This carries a ban of six months.

* Level 3 consists of life-threatening behaviour such as damage to aircraft operating system, physical violence such as choking or murderous assault and attempted breach of flight crew compartment. This will carry a flying ban of two years or more without limit.

If a passenger repeats the same degree of offence he/she will be banned for twice the period of the previous ban.

While the no-fly list is applicable only to domestic carriers, international airlines are free to use the list as per their right of carriage policies, Choubey said.

A standing committee constituted by a particular airline will decide on putting a passenger on the no-fly list within 10 days of the airline reporting an unruly incident. The committee will comprise a retired district and sessions judge as chairman, a representative from a different scheduled airline as member and representative from a passengers association as a member, Choubey said.

The ban recommended the standing committee will be optional for other airlines to follow. Passengers aggrieved by such a ban can go to a separate appellate committee that will be set up by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

However, passengers blacklisted from flying because of a security threat cannot go in for an appeal.

The government is also examining ways to track passengers recognised as unruly through an identity document. Jayant Sinha said: “We will be identifying passengers on the basis of identity verification, either through an Aadhaar card or passport. This will ensure that we have a secure way of identifying a passenger and linking their secure authentication to their PNR.”

The draft rules define a disruptive passenger as one “who fails to respect the rules of conduct at an airport or on board an aircraft or to follow the instructions of the airport staff or crew members and thereby disturbs the good order and discipline at an airport or on board the aircraft”.

“Unruly behaviour could be the result of an event of unsatisfactory service/condition or effect of a series of such events that build up. Airline staff should observe early signs of potential unruly behaviour. Airlines shall focus and act on these early signs, rather than dealing exclusively with escalated events. At no stage, the airline staff/crew member shall show discourteous behavior during redressal of genuine passenger rights,” according to the draft rules.

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  1. M
    May 6, 2017 at 11:18 am
    What about behaviour of flight operators/staff any rule for them, I find they are not professional enough to serve or trained properly to serve(domestic flights.
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      Damodar Biswal
      May 6, 2017 at 11:13 am
      What about Rabindra Gaikward? He got no punishment for aulting Air India Is it because he is a law maker?officials.
      1. P
        May 6, 2017 at 5:37 am
        Great. Some rules should be drafted for the air line staff also so that they do not abuse the passengers by using these rules to passengers disadvantage.
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          Chander Pal
          May 5, 2017 at 7:01 pm
          Hope the gaikwards can be tamed, but its doubtful. When the chips were down, shiv Sena made the government to back track. Further after this no fly will the unruly politicians also barred from crossing the toll booths when the booth operator makes a mistake of asking the politician to pay a princely sum for the toll tax and he Is beaten black & blue.
          1. T
            May 5, 2017 at 6:29 pm
            Just like politicians and industrialists didn't have any black money and so demonetization did not affect them at all ........only the common man is the real culprit to be booked for everything !
            1. M
              May 5, 2017 at 4:42 pm
              I am sure all politicians will be exempt from these rules because no one has the b-a-l-l-s to tame them!
              1. K
                kamath Ramesh
                May 5, 2017 at 3:22 pm
                It is welcome step but doubtful how effective it would be. It may affect only common fliers. Rich & influential get away with this by finding the loop s. Since the rules are very vague, rich & influential would twist the facts to get away from it.
                1. o
                  May 5, 2017 at 2:29 pm
                  Great news!
                  1. J
                    Joseph R Stephen
                    May 5, 2017 at 2:14 pm
                    Modi the comedian A BJP supported , an alliance party MP hits an old man 60 years with slippers 20 times. This old man is a god. Will this MP walk into a temple with slippers ? Will the swamis of BJP accept that. For Rumours cow stea and being Muslim invites death, being Dalit invites canning why did this MP go free? Now to cover this drama the bangle wala doing his usual pr game
                    1. A
                      May 5, 2017 at 1:11 pm
                      neta can get a pardon but not a common man. all thanks to corrupt politicians
                      1. S
                        Saradindu Bose
                        May 5, 2017 at 12:49 pm
                        I hope the rule applies to MP's and MLA's also and not only to common man!!!!
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                          Vikram Dalal
                          May 5, 2017 at 12:32 pm
                          The person whose name appears in ‘no-fly list’ should be informed about it and IT SHOULD BE MANDATORY for him not to try to buy the ticket. Even if an airline has sold one by overlook, he has no right to fly.
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                            sunil vishwakarma
                            May 5, 2017 at 12:15 pm
                            So according to this report " Mr. Gaikwad" should be banned from flying for 2 or more years since , 1) his behavior being an "MP" was definitely DISRUPTIVE. Thats Level 1 2) Physically abused the AI staff with his chappal " 25 times " and also admitted in front of camera and media. thats level 2. 3) "Mr. Gaikawad" tried to throw the AI staff out of the aircraft, thus a life threatening behavior by Mr. Gaikwad. and thats Level 3. so 1st Question, why he was not arrested ? 2nd why the ban has lifted even after this rule has been implemented?
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                              Mohammad Dar
                              May 5, 2017 at 12:57 pm
                              Because he is better then other children of monkey , by the hindu crooked manifesto of hinduism racism , ordained to promote hind crime of hinduism racism by faith, or to put is plain and simple, he is the chosen one, for the low cast droppings of a mountain monkey, degraded to be subordinated to his abuses being a hindu crook Pundit, not of the locals , the low cast ones, but from the holy land of hinduism illegality, called Egypt an Persia, man god of the low cast hindus, stupids by faith.
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                              Mohammad Dar
                              May 5, 2017 at 12:05 pm
                              Very hindu confusing statement, they expect passengers to behave like human being, but they are not human being , according to the manifesto of hinduism immorality, bur children of a hindu crook Monkey, Air line agency has to make a rule and,announce, no human being allowed to fly on certain air lines, with freedom for the passengers to enjoy their natural hindu ignorant way of life, unruly and hindu immoral, as is the norm in a Jungle, with the relatives of the hindus children of monkey, in a very hindu uncivilized environment. Make human fly with human, if any in civility, and hindus children of a monkey, with their own hindu immoral hindu immoral kind in human form.
                              1. V
                                Vikram Dalal
                                May 5, 2017 at 12:41 pm
                                Why only Hindus? Persons of other religions are all saints?
                                1. M
                                  Mohammad Dar
                                  May 5, 2017 at 12:51 pm
                                  They do not claim to be children of a hidu crook monkey, or a hindu crook languor dressed in a lungi, like acclaimed daddy of hindus, hooligans by birth.
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                                    Chandu Shah
                                    May 5, 2017 at 1:20 pm
                                    Mohammad Don't forget you are a product of a slave. Remember moghals That's where all muslims in India come from.
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