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No unruly passengers put on National no-fly list

06 May 2018 | By Shalini Ojha
No passenger on National no-fly list

As it turns out unruly passengers on aircraft can get away with their behavior quite easily.

The government's national no-fly list, that bans passengers from flying in any aircraft, doesn't have a single name.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) chief BS Bhullar said the aviation regulator hasn't received any names, eight months after such a list came into existence.

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06 May 2018No unruly passengers put on National no-fly list

DetailsHow the no-fly list works

The airlines maintain a database of unruly passengers, following a decision by internal committee. The due process, Bhullar said, was important to yield fruitful results of the no-fly list.

They are then required to notify the DGCA and other airlines about the qualifiers.

However, the regulator hasn't received any update on the names from airlines.

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Understanding punishments handed to unruly passengers

The three levels of offenses are - physical gestures or verbal harassment can get passenger banned for two months; physical abuse like pushing, hitting, or inappropriate touching for six months; and life-threatening behavior can get one banned from flying for two years or more.
Does India need a no-fly list? Definitely yes

About timeDoes India need a no-fly list? Definitely yes

Past instances like Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad beating a senior Air India staff, Salla Birju putting a fake hijack note on-board a Jet Airways flight, and 62-year-old passenger assaulting Vistara air-hostess; confirm a no-fly list is absolutely essential.

Air India put a ban on Gaikwad, but lifted it later.

Though Birju was barred by Jet Airways, he can still board any other airline.