Months after the Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad assaulted an Air India crew member, the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Friday directed airlines to create their own ‘no-fly-list’ for unruly passengers.
Unruly passengers will now be banned from flying for a period ranging from three months to lifetime.
The level of unruly behaviour has been listed in three categories — Unruly behaviour (Verbal), Physical behaviour and Life threatening behaviour — respectively.
The first level offence will carry a flying ban of three months, the second level will carry a ban of six months and the third category consists of life threatening behaviours and will carry a flying ban of two years or more without limit.
“The motive behind the No-Fly List is safety and security of passengers, which is our priority,” said Jayant Sinha, Minister Civil Aviation.
The DGCA said that if the Ministry of Home Affairs informs them about a certain individual then that person will also be added in the ‘No-Fly List’
A total of 455 cases of unruly behaviour by air travellers have been reported since 2016, the Lok Sabha was informed in July
Two Members of Parliament (MPs) were barred by the domestic carriers from flying after they allegedly assaulted and abused airline staff in two separate incidents. The ban on them was subsequently revoked by the airlines. Following once such incident, where Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad allegedly hit an Air India ground staff ’25 times’ with slippers, and the government was forced to prepare a list of ‘no-fly list’ comprising unruly passengers.
As per the IATA, in 2015, there were 10,854 reported cases of unruly behaviour by the passengers across airlines worldwide, which translates into one incident for every 1,205 flights.