Wednesday, June 21, 2017

National no-fly list out next month: How unruly passengers will be punished

New Delhi: The government is set to roll out a national 'no-fly' list early next month as incidents of unruly passengers, particularly politicians, misbehaving with airline crew continue to take considerable news space.
Minister of State (MoS) for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said that the process of finalising the structure of the no fly list is underway.
"The process is underway right now, as we have said many times we are going through an analysis process and those recommendations are in front of the Cabinet right now and the Cabinet will take the process forward. A national no-fly list rules is currently being prepared and will be issued in first week of July," said Sinha.
India Today has got exclusive details of the provisions of the no-fly list.

Three-tier assessment system

The no-fly list being prepared by the government will have a three-tier assessment system.

Airline crew will have the legitimate right to determine a passenger's behaviour. The crew can further report a passenger to higher authorities for action if they feel so.

Rogue passengers could face flying ban for up to a year. The period of flying ban could vary from 3-6 months to a year depending upon the seriousness of the case.

The no-fly list will have three categories for unruly passengers. Verbal abuse, physical assault and life threatening behaviour would be the three categories under which a passenger's behaviour would be classified.

A panel within a particular airline would decide on the passenger's behaviour. Provisions will be made under which a passenger will have the right to appeal against the the verdict against him/her.
21/06/17 Devina Gupta/India Today