India proposes no-fly list of disruptive passengers

The stocks of aviation companies gained almost 5% on Friday after the Centre issued draft regulations for forming a no-fly list with a ban ranging from three months to two years for unruly passengers.

Aviation secretary R.N. Choubey presented the draft rules for the no-fly list which will be in the public domain for a month for comments.

The aviation ministry's draft rules say any unruly behaviour will invite suspension from flying for a minimum of three months.

According to NDTV report, the offences have been categorised in three levels.

Level third will be life threatening behaviour of passengers such as damage to aircraft operating system, physical violence such as choking or murderous attempt or assault to flight compartment, he said. Passengers who have been suspended from flying can appeal against the decision.

Other private air passenger carriers' also imposed a similar ban on the Shiv Sena MP which was subsequently lifted on advised of the Civil Aviation Ministry after Gaikwad expressed "regrets" in the Lok Sabha over the March 23 incident.

The no-fly list has been amended by Air India from the day Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad hit 62-year-old staffer R Sukumar with his slipper. "The airlines can ban a passenger immediately for unruly behaviour".

Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation or DGCA will be the nodal agency for the no-fly list.

Speaking at the event where the announcement was made, Raju explained that the list was not mandatory for all airlines, but they could adopt it if they wanted.

Ravindra Gaikwad said there is no question of imposing a ban on him as he didn't commit any wrong. "Individuals defined by Ministry of Home Affairs as national security threats will also form part of the National No-Fly List", said a press statement issued by the Civil Aviation Ministry. The aviation ministry will then take some time to study them and come out with the final vehicle. They will not be able to fly with the airline over this duration.

  • Arturo Norris