Up to 2-year ‘flying ban’ proposed for unruly passengers

NEW DELHI: The government on Friday announced draft rules for a national ‘no-fly list’ that proposes a ban on domestic air travel from three months to two years or beyond for unruly passengers.
Civil Aviation Minster Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha and Aviation Secretary R N Choubey sought consulations from the public and the industry stakeholders on the draft guidelines.
The ministry has put forth the proposal to garner public views and comments, which have been invited over one month starting from Friday, May 5, 2017, so that the draft guidelines can be finalised by the end of June 2017.
According to the proposed rules, airlines can impose a travel ban on an unruly passenger in the time range of three months to two years or beyond depending upon the level of misbehaviour.
“We have put instances of unruly behaviour into three categories,” Choubey told reporters.
“Level 1 represents unruly behaviour such as verbal harassment, physical gestures… Level 2 includes physically unruly behaviour such as pushing, kicking, inappropriately touching,” he said.
Level 3 will be “life threatening” behaviour of a passenger such as damage to aircraft operating system, physical violence like choking or murderous attempt or assault to flight compartment, he said.
Choubey elaborated that for level 1, unruly passengers would be suspended for three months, for level 2 suspension would for six months and for level 3 it would be for two years or beyond.
The proposed mechanism mandates setting up of a three-member committee that would look into the complaint filed by the airline and a decision on the ban will have to be taken within 10 days of the complaint.
Choubey explained that the proposal also provided an appeal provision for passengers. However, individuals put under the ‘no-fly list’ by the security agencies would not be given any right to appeal.— IANS