India's first no-fly list norms out, aims to make flying safer

Centre Promulgates Unique No Fly List Proposes Ban For Unruly Passengers From 3 Months To A Lifetime

Ban on flying for unruly behaviour can extend up to two years under this new law.

The DGCA further said that if the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) informs them about a certain individual then that person will also be added in the No-Fly List. After this episode, An Air India official had said that the Airline was planning to prepare a no-fly list for unruly passengers.

Ravindra Gaikwad, a Shiv Sena MP assaulted an Air India staffer aboard a plane in March.

"The rules apply for domestic and worldwide scheduled and non-scheduled (chartered) air transport services, all Indian airports as well as passengers flying into and over India". The CAR would also be applicable to foreign carriers subject to compliance of Tokyo Convention 1963. Till such time, airline may impose ban on passenger from flying for 30 days.

The rules are technically called the Civil Aviation Requirement.

The revised auto defines three categories of unruly behavior - Level 1 refers to behaviour that is verbally unruly, and calls for debarment upto 3 months; Level 2 indicates physical unruliness and can lead to the passenger being debarred from flying for upto 6 months and Level 3 indicates life-threatening behaviour where the debarment would be for a minimum of 2 years.




A flier who commits a Level 2 offence (physical behaviour) will be banned for up to six months.

Level 3 - life threatening behaviour - assaults, damage to aircraft systems etc. It will have to decide on appeals in a time-bound manner within 30 days.

The system for implementing India's first National Football League is that the pilot-in-command or captain of the plane on which unruly behaviour took place will file a complaint with the airline. With a recent spate in disruptive passengers in airports, several Indian airlines have been demanding a list of disruptive passengers who should be banned from flights forever.

The ministry said that an internal committee needs to be set up by the airline concerned and the committee should be headed by a retired district and sessions judge and should have one representation from a different scheduled airline and passenger or consumer associations. For every subsequent offence, the ban will be twice the period of the previous one, the government said. However, the decision by one airline's National Football League will not be mandatory on other carriers and they may continue flying the person.

He said that while devising the no-fly mechanism, the government has given prominence to safety. Passengers seen as a threat to others will be barred from flying for a period depending on the nature of the offence they have committed. The decision of this committee will be final but if the appellant is dissatisfied he or she can approach the High Court.

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