The Civil Aviation Ministry has introduced a national no-fly list of the travelers who behave unruly during the journey. Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey made the announcement on Friday and said, “We propose to bring out a national no-fly list. It is better to do that by a central mechanism under DGCA than leaving it to the airlines.”
Choubey further added that there will be three types of unruly behavior:
Disruptive behavior: Under this, the passengers will be handed out a suspension of three months from flying.
Physically abusive behavior: Under this, the passengers will be suspended from flying for six months.
Life-threatening behavior: Under this, the suspension will be for two years or more.
“It is possible for us to come up with the finalization of the amendment by June 30,” said Choubey.
The move comes for unruly passengers after the fiasco surrounding Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad. Gaikwad assaulted an Air India employee onboard a plane.
The Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) is being modified by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to support such a list.
The draft will be declared by aviation minister Ashok G Raju and his deputy Jayant Sinha. Centre may make some identification mandatory while booking even domestic tickets for effective implementation.
The public will be given a month to comment on the draft, following which the aviation ministry will then take some time to revise them and come out with the final CAR.