The government has released draft rules for a ‘no-fly list’ for banning unruly passengers. The Ministry of Civil Aviation had set up a committee to come up with the final draft of the new set of rules. The new rules would be opened for public comments for a period of one month. After receiving comments, the civil aviation ministry would study the comments and then will release the final Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR).
The government has come up with three levels of disruptions for flyers:
Disruptive behaviour such as physical gestures. The unruly passenger would be suspended from flying for a time period of three months.
Physically abusive behaviour and sexual harassment. The passenger would be suspended from flying for a time period of six months.
Murderous assault or life-threatening behaviour as well as causing damage to aircraft operating systems would invite suspension from flying for a time period of 2 years or more.
The above punishments would be applicable to the domestic carriers but the international airlines can also make use of these inputs if they want to.
The draft rules come at the backdrop of an assault of Air India employee by Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad in March. The existing Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) specify the steps that need to be taken to deal with unruly passengers. However, those rules are silent about the creation of a no-fly list. So, the existing Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) are being amended by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
In the year 2015 alone, around 10,854 incidents of unruly behaviour by passengers have been reported worldwide.