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India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation issues new norms for no-fly list

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has rolled out new norms with regards to the no-fly list, which is geared to make air travel safer by handling unruly passengers.

The no-fly list norms intend to deal with disruptive passengers and will bar these passengers from travelling by air between 2 months to 2 years depending on the gravity of their offense. The list defines three levels of unruly behavior by passengers.

The DGCA permits passengers on a no-fly list to approach the appellate authority to challenge the ban. The panel would be comprised of a retired judge and representatives of the consumer forum and airlines. It will have to decide on appeals in within 30 days. The panel’s decision can then be challenged in High Courts.

Under the norms, three behaviors will be considered unruly. The first is physically abusing somebody which can carry a three month ban from flying; the second is sexual harassment which can be slapped with a six month ban; the third is for two years when actions related to life-threatening behavior, including damage to the aircraft and property.

The no-fly list was thrust into the spotlight when Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad assaulted an Air India crew member. The ban was lifted after he apologized to the airline.

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