Tuesday, June 20, 2017

No-Fly list: Controversial tweets, jokes at airport security cost passengers abroad their air travel tickets

Terrorist activities and the grave events that took place on 9/11 shaped the no-fly list in the US that began a decade ago. Now with MPs hitting airline staff members with chapals and threatening to break airline property, India will soon have a no-fly list too.

The rules for this list attempting to tame unruly passengers is anticipated to be decided upon by the government in the first week of July.

After a Shiv Sena MP – Ravindra Gaikwad was accused for beating up an Air India official, he was grounded by many domestic carriers until he wrote a written apology to the government apologising for his actions.

Days after the event, an MP from Telugu Desam Party Diwakar Reddy was banned from IndiGo airlines and other carriers for allegedly shoving the airline staff and threatening to break airport property.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has come up with a draft rule that prohibits drunk passengers in the aircraft; smoking individuals; failing to obey commands of aircraft commander and acting in a disruptive manner.

Disruptive behaviour as defined in the draft rules state, “Use of any threatening , abusive or insulting words towards a member of the crew; behaving in a threatening, abusive, insulting or disorderly manner towards a member of the crew or intentionally interfering with the performance of a crew member.”

Certain countries like the US have put people on no-fly lists on the basis of racial or religious backgrounds of the people. In his second executive order on immigration, President Donald Trump barred citizens of six Muslim dominated countries from entering the US.

While we hope that India does not take a leaf out of the book on racial discrimination while forming the no-fly list rules, here’s a list of things which people did and got grounded by airlines for.
21/06/17 Yoshita Rao/ZeeBiz