The Ministry of Civil Aviation has proposed a flying ban in the time range of three months to two years.

Month after lifting ban on Gaikwad govt proposes national no-fly list for unruly passengersRepresentational image
news Aviation Friday, May 05, 2017 - 13:21

 The central government on Friday proposed a national no-fly list for unruly passengers and has called for the views of all stakeholders on this.

According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the proposal for public consultation envisages a flying ban in the time range of three months to two years or beyond depending upon different levels of misdemeanour.

The new rules were announced here at a press conference addressed by the Civil Aviation Minster Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary R.N. Choubey.

"We have put instances of unruly behaviour into three categories," said Choubey.

"Level one represents unruly behaviours such as verbal harassment, physical gestures etc, while level two includes physically unruly behaviour such as pushing, kicking, inappropriately touching," he said.

Level third will be life threatening behaviour of passengers such as damage to aircraft operating system, physical violence such as choking or murderous attempt or assault to flight compartment, he said.

The sanctions for level one would be suspension proposed to be three months, for level two suspension would be proposed for six months and for level three it would be for two years, the official said.

Recently, the flag carrier, Air India had placed a ban on flying Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, after Gaikwad assaulted an Air India senior manager on March 23.

Other private air passenger carriers' also imposed a similar ban on the Shiv Sena MP which was subsequently lifted on advised of the Civil Aviation Ministry after Gaikwad expressed "regrets" in the Lok Sabha over the March 23 incident.

On April 8, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said that his ministry is strengthening rules to stop unruly air passengers from misbehaving and that the work on the proposed "No-Fly List" was underway.

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