Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Blacklisting Sena MP: India looks at global examples for no-fly list

On Friday, as one airline after other started making public announcement about not allowing Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad in their aircraft, the civil aviation ministry found itself in a peculiar situation.

Senior officials of the ministry led by minister Jayant Sinha were examining if the current laws allowed the airlines to take such a step. “We were examining the legality if the airlines can blacklist a certain person and if they are allowed to refuse boarding to a bonafide ticket holder under the current laws,” a senior civil aviation ministry official said.

Civil aviation secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey said that the ministry has received many suggestions from the airlines and was now studying examples of other countries where such a system exist. “We are deciding the modus operandi of having such a list, it has to be full proof if it comes, there should be concrete laws deciding what situations can lead to a person to be blacklisted, how long the ban will last and what will be the redressal mechanism for a passenger if he feels that he has been wrongly indicted,” Choubey told Business Standard in an interview. Among developed markets, UK doesn’t maintain a no- fly list but each individual airline will have its own list and can ban a passenger. Following the 9/11 attacks USA government in coordination with airlines implemented a common no-fly list according to which people who have their name on the list are not permitted to board an aircraft in and out of the country.
27/03/17 Arindam Majumder/Business Standard