Government Issues Three-Level No-Fly List For Unruly Passengers With A Minimum 2-Year Ban
The Centre has devised three offence categories to put unruly passengers on la 'No-Fly List', with the most severe one, 'life threatening behaviour including assault', carrying a minimum ban on flying for two years.
The most severe punishment is in the 'Level 3' category, which includes 'damage to aircraft systems, in addition to 'life-threatening behaviour and assault'. '.
After that is 'Level 2', for 'physically abusive behaviour (pushing, kicking, hitting, and inappropriate touching)'. The ban on flying for this category is up to six months. And a 'Level 1' offence, for 'unruly physical gestures, verbal harassment and unruly inebriation' carries a ban on flying for up to three months.
An independent committee under a retired district judge will decide on whether a passenger has committed an offence that puts him or her on the 'No-Fly List'.
A decision will be made within a within a period of 30 days from the alleged offence.
"The No-Fly ban will be in addition to any statutory legal action that can be taken against the offender under existing laws," tweeted aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju.
In addition to this above, "if the Ministry of Home Affairs informs us about a certain individual then that person will also be added to the No-Fly List," said the civil aviation regulator.
It wasn't clear whether these guidelines will be enforced retroactively, or only going forward.
If it's the former, it would appear a 'Level 3' offence can be applied to Shiv Sena Parliamentarian Ravindra Gaikwad, who in March assaulted an Air India staffer aboard a plane. The same would apply to TDP Parliamentarian JC Duwakar Reddy who allegedly damaged the property of Indigo Air in June the this year.