Civil Aviation Ministry revised Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) to have a deterrent for passengers engaged in unruly behaviour and to ensure the safety of aircraft and occupants on board.
As per the changed rules, unruly air travellers will be banned from flying for a period ranging from three months to lifetime.
To ensure safety and check unruly & disruptive behaviour on aircraft, we will put in place, mechanism for country’s first No-Fly list today
— Ashok Gajapathi Raju (@Ashok_Gajapathi) September 8, 2017
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has recommended three levels of unruly behaviour by passengers, each with a different duration of ban on flying, the ministry officials said.
The first level of a misdemeanour is verbal harassment and will invite a flying ban of three months.
The second level comprises physically abusive behaviour which will carry a ban of six months.
The third category consists of life threatening behaviour and will carry a flying ban of two years or more without limit, they said.
He had a business class ticket but he had to travel the economy class because the flight was an all-economy one.
According to a mechanism laid down by the ministry, after the pilot-in-command of a plane complaints about a passenger, the airline’s internal committee will probe the matter and decide the quantum of the ban within a period of 30 days.
If the committee fails to give a decision within this period the passenger will be free to fly.