NO FLY PLAN India could ban flyers for unruly behaviour

Posted on 05/08/2017 | About New Delhi, India

The Indian government has released proposed rules for a national 'no-fly list' that will hand out flight bans from three months to three years or more, to unruly passengers. Under the plan, there will be three levels of disruptive behaviour with a sliding scale determining the length of the ban depending on the severity of the incident.

Civil Aviation Minster Ashok Gajapathi Raju said the government will seek comments during a public consultation period of one month, and aims to have the draft guidelines ready by the end of June 2017.

"Level 1 represents unruly behaviour such as verbal harassment, physical gestures. Level 2 includes physically unruly behaviour such as pushing, kicking and inappropriately touching," said aviation secretary R.N. Choubey.

Level 3 is reserved for the most serious 'life threatening' actions by passengers including damage to aircraft operating system and physical violence.

Choubey said that for level 1 offences, unruly passengers would be suspended for three months, for level 2 suspension would for six months and for level 3 it could be two years or more.

The proposal comes after weeks of pressure for the government to act after MP Ravindra Gaikwad's meltdown on an Air India flight when he violently assaulted an airline employee.

Airlines across the country slapped a flying ban on the MP which was eventually overturned after pressure from the government.

Gaikwad also wants to see rules strengthened over the conduct of flight crew.

"There should be similar framework and set of rules for the airline crew as well on how to treat and address the requirements of passengers," the MP said.