Mumbai: William Feather has very rightly put in phrase “If we don’t discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us.”. As of now, the Indian government brings to you the rule book of guidelines which each one should be aware of before boarding a flight. Because now, you will no more be able to escape from unscrupulous behaviour as you will be put under constant surveillance. So ensure you maintain discipline while on-board and follow the rules setup by the Aviation ministry.
The Civil Aviation Ministry on Friday issued India’s first ‘No-Fly list‘ in an effort to keep blacklisted people off airlines to ensure safety and check unruly behaviour on the aircraft. Thus, now onwards a passenger misbehaving or pandering in any misdemeanour in an aircraft in India could get himself banned from flying in any airlines for 3 months to upto two years or more.
While unveiling the rules, the Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha, said that the only motive behind coming up with such a kind of list was to ensure the safety and security of all the passengers which is the topmost priority for his ministry. He also mentioned while formulating that by no-fly mechanism, the government has given prominence to safety.
“No other regulator in the world has based its no-fly list on safety,” he added. The list will also include the passengers identified by the Ministry of Home Affairs as a threat to national security.
The 3 levels criteria that you must know are:
Level 1 No-Fly Offence: – unruly verbal behaviour under which a passenger found guilty can be banned for flying for up to three months.
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Level 2 No-Fly Offence: – Six months ban for physically abusive behaviour. For eg: pushing, kicking, hitting, inappropriate touching.
Level 3 No-Fly Offence: – Minimum two years of ban for life-threatening behaviour like assaults, damage to aircraft systems.
However, it has clearly stated that in case a passenger is a repeated offender, the duration of the flying ban will be twice that of his previous ban. Asserting the matter he said that the ‘no-fly’ list will apply only in the case if the incident is inside an aircraft that could adversely affect the safety of the aircraft and its occupants. Otherwise, the security agencies will probe into the matter.
Ashok Gajapathy also took to twitter to announce the three main categories of the No-Fly offence. “Decision will be taken by an independent committee under a retired district judge within a period of 30 days of alleged offence,” he tweeted.
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He further said that the No-Fly ban will be in addition to any statutory legal action that can be taken against the offender under existing laws. The not so happening part is that the list of unruly passengers will be provided by the airlines to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and if the sources are to be believed then those list of passengers will be available on the website of the airline regulator as well.
Now choice is an open-ended one that could make you a known passenger by highlighting your disreputable behaviour. Thus, ensure that you don’t get added in the list by any chance.