New No-Fly Rules: Government Sets 3 Levels Of Unruly Behaviour
In new no-fly rules, the government announced three-level classification of unruly behavior that includes sexual harassment and “murderous assault”.
Passengers can be suspended from flying for three months to two years or more depending on how far they have crossed the line, said Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathy Raju. The rules will first be put up online for a month to draw public feedback.
Disruptive behaviour such as physical gestures, abusive comments and drunken abusive behavior will be counted as Level 1 offences; physically abusive behavior and sexual harassment will be deemed level 2 offences; level 3 is for murderous assault or life-threatening behavior or damage to aircraft operating systems.
An airline can ban a passenger for these offences but other airlines are not obliged to do the same, says the government.
Passengers will be identified based on their Aadhaar card, said the minister, asserting, “You need to provide identity in order to make the journey.”
Those who want to challenge the ban have a two-step appeal system. A three-member internal committee of the airline, headed by a retired district judge, will first examine the passenger’s complaint. The next point of appeal will be an aviation ministry committee headed by a retired High Court judge.