Government unveils National No Fly List for domestic passengers

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Government unveils National No Fly List for domestic passengers

"The no-fly list provisions are applicable to every passenger". Aviation Ministry is coming up with a No Fly List for passengers who show show unruly behavior on any of the airlines in India.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has now put in place 3 levels of unruly behaviour and a penalty for each level. Persons with recorded instances of bad behavior and threatening activities will be restricted from flying on any of the airlines in india.

The No-Fly ban will be in addition to any statutory legal action that can be taken against the offender under existing laws, Raju further informed. The punishment for offenders will be a ban of minimum 2 years. The ban on them was subsequently revoked by the airlines. As per the newly outlined guidelines, unruly air travellers will be banned from flying for a period ranging from three months to lifetime.

"The concept of no-fly is based on safety of other passengers, crew and the aircraft, and not just on the security threat", the government said. The list defines 3 levels of unruly behaviour by passengers.

Ashok Ganapathi Raju, union minister for civil aviation, has unveiled country's first no-fly list today. The first is for "unruly physical gestures, verbal harassment and unruly inebriation" which can lead to a ban of up to three months.

- Level 2 will include physically abusive behavior (pushing, kicking, hitting, inappropriate touching).

Level 3: If a passenger's behaviour is considered life threatening like affecting the safety of the aircraft then he or she can be banned for up to two years or more. "Aggrieved persons can appeal within a period of 60 days to the Appellate Committee formed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation".

Also speaking on the occasion the Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said that the new rules have been promulgated after a lot of deliberation and consultation with all stakeholders. "The internal committee will have a retired district & sessions judge as chairman and representatives from a different scheduled airline, passengers' association/consumer association/retired officer of the Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum as members", the government said.

The revised vehicle proposes that an internal committee will have to decide the matter of offence committed by a passenger within 30 days along with the duration of the ban. The new rules will apply to foreign carriers as well, the civil aviation ministry said today. Although vindicated by the Supreme Court in a famous judgement that linked the right yo move about freely as an important and inalienable right of a citizen, such official no-fly lists could be easily exploited to prevent dissenters such as Pillai from boarding citing misdemeanour.

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