The Indian Civil Aviation ministry of India has recently made out a set of rules under a list called a “No-Fly List” for the misbehaving passengers. This is a first of its kind initiative taken by the Air India services to avoid any kind of misconduct on the flight by the passengers.
The decision has been taken in the wake of the event that took place few months ago when a Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad abused an Air India employee physically, for not getting a first class seat in the airline.
Air India’s No-Fly List
The government has outlined punishment for three types of disruptive behaviour that can land a persons name in the No-Fly list.
- Level 1- rude physical gestures
- Level 2- physically abusive behaviour like pushing, kicking and sexual harassment
- Level 3- life threatning behaviour and damage to aircraft
The maximum time of grounding for offenders would be:
- Level 1 offenders will be six months
- Level 2 offenders will be two years
- Level 3 offenders more than 2 years
These new set of rules will come in effect only after they are approved by the general public.
The rules are released by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju, Civil Aviation Secretary R N Chaubey and Mos Jayant Sinha.
According to the No-Fly List rules Airlines can ban a passenger immediately but the passenger will not be registered in No-Fly list straight away. The punishments would be applicable on both domestic and international airlines.
Air India will can ban any passenger displaying bad behavior who had bought ticket, who was in the airport waiting area or had boarded the plane.
The Past Incident
The decision has been taken up by the central government after an uncommon incident that took place in March, when the Shiv Sena MP assaulted a 60 year old Air India employee with his slippers several times for not giving him a first class seat.
According to the International Air Transport Association there are almost 10,854 reported cases of chaotic behaviour by passengers seen by various international airlines worldwide.
Thus, making a unique “No-Fly” list for the Air India Passengers can prove to be a great step in warding off any anti social element on the airlines.