No-fly list comes into force; unruly passengers can face lifetime ban

New flight ban to ground unruly passengers

The No-fly list will have two components- Unruly passengers banned by airlines and list provided by MHA for persons perceived to be national security risk.

The amendments to the existing vehicle on "Handling Unruly/Disruptive Passengers" came following the incident involving Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who repeatedly slapped an Air India manager in April.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has revised the relevant sections of the Civil Aviation Requirement - CAR Section 3, Series M, Part Vl on Handling of Unruly Passengers - to bring in a deterrent for passengers who engage in unruly behaviour on board aircraft, the government said in a statement.

He said that internal committee has to give primary report in 30 days and every airline has to maintain a record of the no-fly list.

"No other regulator in the world has based its no-fly list on safety", he added. Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju also took to Twitter to provide the details of the no fly list.

The DGCA allows passengers on a no-fly list to approach the appellate authority to challenge the ban. The ban on them was subsequently revoked by the airlines.

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"The motive behind the no-fly list is safety and security of passengers, which is our priority", Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha said. So many instance of deplorable behavior shown by passengers on board aircrafts have been recorded recently.

The No-Fly list will be governed by three level offences as tweeted out by the Civil Aviation Minister. 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. Such behaviour will result in ban up to three months.

A flier who commits a Level 2 offence (physical behaviour) will be banned for up to six months.

Level 3 includes life threatening behaviour (assaults, damage to aircraft systems etc.) where the passenger will be banned for a minimum of two years. 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.

The committee will comprise of retired Judge of a High Court as Chairman and representatives of passengers association, consumer association and retired officer of Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum and airlines as Members.

For repeat offenders, the person will be banned for twice the period of previous ban. According to a mechanism laid down by the ministry, after the pilotin- command of a plane complains about a passenger, the airline's internal committee will probe the matter and decide the quantum of ban within aperiod of 30 days.

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