The notorious episode of ShivSena MLA Ravindra Gaikwad who assaulted Air India manager on a plane, has made the airlines in the country to take up new steps.
For the first time ever, rules are being announced for a “no-fly” list that will prevent passengers with a record of unruliness from boarding a flight.
To qualify for the no-fly list, passengers should have either created problems on either a flight or at an airport; any disruption to what’s considered “a normal flying process” will be considered an offense. Existing rules authorize airlines to bar a person at the time of boarding if a passenger’s conduct has been disruptive or threatened the security of co-passengers or the flight.
The draft will be made public by aviation minister Ashok G Raju and his deputy Jayant Sinha. For effective implementation, the Centre is likely to make some identification mandatory – either Aadhaar or passport number – while booking even domestic tickets.
The draft will give about a month for the public to comment. The aviation ministry will then take some time to study them and come out with the final CAR.
As per the IATA, in 2015, there were 10,854 reported cases of unruly behaviour by the passengers across airlines worldwide, which translate into one incident for every 1,205 flights.