The government announced that passengers who have been abusive during the air travel would be banned from three months to the entire age. Officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation said that the ministry had recommended three categories of abusive people in which there will be separate duration flying restrictions.
1st Category: Civil Aviation Secretary RN Chaube said that in the first group, behaviors such as threatening, expressions, warnings, verbal harassment had been kept. If convicted, the passenger can be banned for 3 months.
2nd Category: It contains the physical abuse. It involves pushing, licking, gripping, sexual harassment, or touching wrongly. On this, the passenger can be banned for 6 months.
3rd Category: In this category, such behavior has been included which threatens the life of the cabin staff. It can be banned for 2 years or more.
This step has come in the wake of some incidents in the past, including the alleged misuse of the Air India employee by Shivsena MP Ravindra Gaikwad. He allegedly beat up the employee when he did not get a business class seat.
How They Ban Passenger?
- According to Draft Rules, airlines can immediately prohibit the passenger if found guilty of wrong behavior. But such passengers will not be directly added to the National No-fly list.
- The Standing Committee of the airline will decide when the case of misbehavior reports. They will decide in 10 days. Until the decision arrives, the concerned passenger will not be allowed to travel on that airline.
- In such a standing committee, a retired district or session’s judge, a representative of any other airline and retired officer of the Consumer Forum will be included.
- If a passenger misbehaves twice, then he can be banned again in the same way, which has been installed first.
What kind of appeal will be able to?
- The Passenger, convicted by the airline’s Standing Committee, will be able to attend the appeals committee created by the Civil Aviation Ministry.
- The Chief Justice of the Appeal Committee will be the retired judge of the High Court. However, the passenger, who will blacklist the airline’s standing committee due to a security threat, will not have an opportunity to approach the appeals committee.
Important questions related to No-Fly List!
- What is a No-Fly list?
- It is a system in many countries of the world, which puts the passengers in the list of indigent or violent air passengers on this list. It is worth mentioning that you cannot travel with that airline till you have a ban on it. This prohibition can be for you forever or for a few years or months. In the US, if no one is in the flylist, airlines are automatically alerted to it.
- Why raise this matter?
- On March 23, 2017, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad was accused of slapping Air India crew member 25 times with sandals. Gaikwad himself confessed to the media himself. They refused to apologize. After this, Gaikwad was put on the no-fly list by seven airlines, including Air India. There was a ruckus in Parliament in this case too. After this incident, Gaikwad had apologized in writing to Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju.
- How Much of the Problems of Mischief Passengers?
- According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in 2015, there were 10,854 cases in which passenger did immoral work during air travel. These figures show that in one of the 1,205 flights, the event of poor behavior of passenger comes out.