Saturday, June 03, 2017

Airlines staff could face penalty for misbehaviour, too

Badly-behaved flight crew members will be held to the same standards as passengers, according to a suggestion that the government is considering before finalising rules for the country's first 'no fly list'.

Under current rules, passengers can complain about misbehaviour by cabin crew to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) or the police, depending upon the degree of misbehaviour. DGCA/ police conducts an investigation into the complaint and then decides if any action is to be taken.

Recently, the civil aviation ministry had come out with draft regulations on the issue and had posted those in the public domain for suggestions and feedback. The Ministry had announced that it would come out final rules on the issue before June 30.

The no-fly list will be maintained by the safety regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). According to the draft regulation, unruly behaviour by a passenger on a flight or even with airline staff on ground can result in his/her ban on flying for anywhere from three months to a lifetime.
03/06/17 Sana Shakil/DNA