Friday, March 03, 2017

‘Dangerous’ flyers to be kept off skies

New Delhi: Misbehaving on a plane or doing anything that endangers flight safety and fellow passengers could soon mean getting debarred from taking to the skies again for some time.
Aviation minister Jayant Sinha is finalising India's own "no fly list" that will grade unruly acts committed by flyers and accordingly bar them from flying for a period ranging from a few months to a few years.
People who wish to fly on domestic routes now need to provide identity proof such as Aadhaar number, PAN card, passport or driving licence number at the time of booking tickets
For international tickets, passport numbers and visa details have to be furnished.
"We will make providing some government I-card at booking or linking a PNR to an identity proof mandatory and this will enable us to track travellers. Once this is done, we will have an Indian version of the no-fly list — a dynamic list where people found to have acted unruly, disruptive or dangerous fashion on flights will keep added. If such a person books a ticket, it will automatically alert agencies that such a person will try to fly and be stopped from doing so," said a source.
03/03/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India