Sunday, June 18, 2017

No-fly list likely in July, but airlines’ crew wary

New Delhi: Passengers, including dignitaries, with unruly behaviour may soon face a ban on flying that may extend for life. Aviation secretary R N Choubey has told TOI that a no-fly list will come into effect in the first week of July.
The announcement comes days after TDP MP Diwakar Reddy was banned from domestic airlines after misbehaving with staff at Visakhapatnam airport.
Asked if the government was reviewing procedures in the wake of the Reddy episode, Choubey said: "We will shortly have an internal meeting in the (civil aviation) ministry to finalise the no-fly list by the end of this month... Once published, it will immediately be in force and then all unruly passengers will be covered by it."
The government is still in talks with airlines to link Aadhaar or some other identity document with the booking of tickets, even domestic ones, so that those on the list do not buy tickets under false names, and the process is likely to take time.
18/06/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India