Ashok Gajapathi Raju Civil Aviation Minister made it clear that anyone engaging in ‘life-threatening behaviour’ with airline staff and other passengers including damaging aircraft system will invite a flying ban for a minimum period, explaining the mechanism for the country’s first with no-fly list.
The minister said no special privileges any person the provisions made by them will be applicable to every passenger, he tweeted “Goes without saying, but since many have asked, let me reply – the no-fly list provisions are applicable to EVERY passenger. No exemptions.”
Three offence categories on ‘No-Fly List’, with the most severe one, ‘life threatening behaviour, the Centre for the unruly passengers have put forward which also includes assault’, carrying a minimum ban on flying for two years, as per has Centers devised.
A decision will be made within a within a period of 30 days from the alleged offence.An independent committee under a retired district judge will decide on whether a passenger has committed an offence that puts him or her on the ‘No-Fly List’.
The civil aviation regulator, in addition, said that “if the Ministry of Home Affairs informs us about a certain individual then that person will also be added to the No-Fly List.
- ‘Level 1’ offence, carries a ban on flying for up to three months for ‘verbal harassment, unruly physical gestures and unruly inebriation’.
- ‘Level 2’, is that for a ‘physically abusive behaviour (kicking, pushing, hitting, and inappropriate touching)’. The ban on flying for this category is up to six months.
- ‘Level 3’ category, is the most severe punishment, in addition to ‘life threatening behaviour and assault, which even includes ‘damage to aircraft systems”.
If it’s the former, it would appear a ‘Level 3’ offence can be applied to Shiv Sena Parliamentarian Ravindra Gaikwad, who in March assaulted an Air India staffer aboard a plane.It wasn’t clear whether these guidelines will be enforced retroactively, or only going forward. The same would apply to TDP Parliamentarian JC Duwakar Reddy who allegedly damaged property of Indigo Air in June this year.
Jayant Sinha, minister of state for civil aviation, while announcing the list of offences said that can put passengers on the ‘No-Fly List’, “The motive behind the ‘No-Fly List’ is the safety and security of passengers, which is our priority, We tried to achieve a balance for the safety of the crew, the passengers and the aircraft,” said Sinha, adding that this was the first policy of its kind in the world.