No-Fly list: Levels of offence and punishment

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Guidelines have been released by the Aviation Ministry and opinions from public agencies and people have been sought. the draft guidelines are named -'Civil aviation Requirements on handling unruly or disruptive passengers'. Minister of state Jayanth Sinha said the government will soon come out with rules for providing a unique ID card number with PNR to book tickets to ensure that a person on the no-fly list can not fly by fudging details.

The onboard or in flight offences have been divided into three categories depending on the graveness of the unruly and disruptive behaviour.

A list of blacklisted passengers will be maintained by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), and will be compiled from inputs given by private airlines.

The no-fly list was first highlighted when Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad assaulted an Air India crew member.

"The no-fly list provisions are applicable to every passenger". International Airlines too have to conform to the norms as per the Tokyo Convention, 1963. These will attract ban up to six months. The new rules will apply to foreign carriers as well, the civil aviation ministry said today.

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Unruly behaviour, according to the new rules, has been segregated into three categories - verbal, physical and life threatening. He said the upcoming No - Fly List in India will be unique and first-of-its-kind in the world. Listing the misdemeanours for which there can be a ban on flying, the ministry has recommended three levels of unruly behaviour by passengers, each with a different duration of ban on flying.

As per the rules, the complaint of unruly behaviour would need to be filed by the pilot-in-command and these will be probed by an internal committee to be set up by the airline. Further in his tweets, the minister added that the decision on the ban will be taken by an independent committee under a retired District Judge within a period of 30 days of alleged offence. The ban was lifted after he apologised to the airline.

Repeat offenders may face a ban twice that of the previous ban. The no fly list is expected to curb the menace.

The internal committee will decide the quantum of ban based on evidence produced by both airline and passenger, including eye-witnesses, within a period of 30 days, failing which the passenger will be free to fly. The Appellate Committee will comprise of retired judge of a High Court as chairman and representatives of passengers association/consumer association/retired officer of Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum and airlines as members.

As per the auto provisions, the internal committee will have to decide the matter within 30 days, and specify the duration of the ban.

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