NATIONAL ‘NO FLY LIST’ FOR ALL AIRLINES
With the Government unveiling a draft rule, an unruly passenger may land up in a National No-Fly List for a period of three months to two years or even more for offences ranging from verbal abuse to murderous assault. The move by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to amend the existing Civil Aviation Requirement on ‘Handling Unruly/Disruptive Passengers’ came following the incident involving Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who assaulted an Air India manager. Repeat offenders will be banned for twice the period of previous ban. “These provisions are airline-specific. An airline can ban a passenger, but others can continue to fly the passenger if they so desire,” Civil Aviation Secretary R.N. Choubey said. “We have put this in public domain and stakeholders have one month time to present their views,” Raju said. Identification of the passenger could be done through Aadhaar, passport or any other document specified, by making them provide these details at the time of booking the ticket. This is for the first time in the history of civil aviation that a no-fly list is being proposed to address concerns of safety. “No other country has a no-fly list based on safety. Some countries have such lists based on security,” said Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation.