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India Imposes 'Flying Ban' on Unruly Passengers; VIPs Too Not Spared

India Imposes 'Flying Ban' on Unruly Passengers; VIPs Too Not Spared India Imposes 'Flying Ban' on Unruly Passengers; VIPs Too Not Spared
Nellie Chapman | 09 September, 2017, 13:29

The NFL has three levels for disruptive behaviour with different grounding periods.

The revised vehicle defines three categories of unruly behavior - Level 1 refers to behaviour that is verbally unruly, and calls for debarment upto 3 months; Level 2 indicates physical unruliness and can lead to the passenger being debarred from flying for upto 6 months and Level 3 indicates life-threatening behaviour where the debarment would be for a minimum of 2 years.

Under the norms, three behaviours will be considered unruly.

Level 2: Physically abusive behaviour (pushing, kicking, hitting, inappropriate touching): Ban up to six months.

Minimum ban on flying up to three months can be given to those unruly flyers. The final level is for "life-threatening behaviour, including assaults, damage to aircraft systems" that can lead to a ban from two years to a lifetime.

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju tweeted about this development and said that it will be released on September 8, Friday. Minister of state Jayanth Sinha said the government will soon come out with rules for providing a unique ID card number with PNR to book tickets to ensure that a person on the no-fly list can not fly by fudging details.

Unlike other places, India's list will have people who are identifies by security agencies as well as witness recorded behavior in air. "If the probe is not concluded within the time-frame, the passenger will be free to fly", it said, adding that the airline may impose a ban while it is probing the matter for a period not exceeding 30 days. Unruly passengers will also be investigated by the local police in addition to the airline's internal committee and can face criminal charges as a carrier is required to file an FIR.

Domestic as well as global carriers have been directed to comply with the rules that recommend proscribing passengers who commit offenses like verbal and physical abuse, sexual harassment and actions that threaten the lives of crew and co-passengers.

Airline has to intimate the decision of Internal Committee to Passenger.

The complaint of unruly behaviour should be referred to an internal committee set up by the airline have headed by a retired district and sessions judge with a representative each of another airline and passenger association.

Repeat offenders may face a ban twice that of the previous ban.

The airlines will be required to share the No-Fly list, and the same will be available on DGCA website.

He said that the government has established a mechanism to hear the appeal; if any, of aggrieved passengers. A person put on National Football League by an airline will have the right to appeal within 60 days to an "appellate committee" constituted by the aviation ministry.