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No-fly list: Unruly air passengers face 3-month to lifetime ban

09 September 2017, 02:49 | Kenneth Drake

Passengers to face ban under three categories as Aviation Ministry unveils 'No-Fly List' rules

Menacing fliers to face lifetime ban

Earlier this year, an announcement with regard to the draft rules for a national "no-fly list" following consultations from the public and the industry stakeholders on the guidelines was made by the government. In April, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad beat up an Air India staffer with his slippers. The list may also ban flying for people who resort to unruly behavior with fellow passengers or flight crew during the air travel, apart from unsafe criminals. Airlines such as Air India and IndiGo had barred the two MPs from flying for a few days after which they backed out. The no-fly list will apply only if the incident is inside an aircraft which could adversely affect the safety of the aircraft and its occupants. Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju also took to Twitter to provide the details of the no fly list.

"No-Fly ban will be in addition to any statutory legal action that can be taken against the offender under existing laws", said Minister Raju.

Raju, along with Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation and senior officials of the Ministry, declined to specify whether a passenger being prosecuted under the revised auto can be banned from flying for life. During the period of pendency of the enquiry the concerned airline may impose a ban on the said passenger.

Aggrieved persons (other than persons identified as security threat by MHA) may appeal within 60 days from the date of issue of orderto the Appellate Committee constituted by Ministry of Civil Aviation comprising retired Judge of a High Court of India as Chairman andMembers from passengers association/consumer association/retired officer of Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum and airlines.

The revised auto will address unruly passenger behaviour on board an aircraft and is applicable for all Indian operators engaged in scheduled and non-scheduled air services. 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. The No Fly list bans unruly passengers from domestic air travel from three months to two years or beyond depending on the level of offense. This level of offence will carry a flying ban of three months.

Level 2- Physically abusive behaviour specified as - pushing, kicking, hitting, inappropriate touching will garner a ban on flying up to six months. Unruly behaviour on airport premises will be dealt with by security agencies under applicable penal provisions, he said.

For repeat offenders, the person will be banned for twice the period of previous ban.

The no-fly list will be available on the DGCA website.

No fly list rules were issued today. It will have to decide on appeals in a time-bound manner within 30 days.

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