The Civil Aviation Ministry on Friday directed airlines to create India’s No Fly list, which banning passengers from flying if they misbehave.
The misbehavior will be classified into three categories:
- For verbal abuse passengers may face a three-month ban on flying.
- For physical assault a six-month ban.
- For a life threatening situation a two-year plus ban
Airlines will now have to form an internal committee headed by a retired judge, a representative of another airline and a member of a passenger association.
“We can never compromise on safety and security. The No-Fly ban will be in addition to any statutory legal action that can be taken against the offender under existing laws. Goes without saying, but since many have asked, the No-fly list provisions are applicable to every passenger. No exemptions,” civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said.
One it receives a complaint against a flyer – which will need to be issued by the pilot in command – the committee will have 30 days to decide. During this period, the passenger will not be able to fly with the airline. In case the committee fails to take a decision in 30 days, the passenger will be free to fly.
Should a person repeat an offense, the airline will have the right to double the period of ban.
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