NA­TIONAL ‘NO FLY LIST’ FOR ALL AIR­LINES

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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.

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