However, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said, "The country is the first in the world to have a no-fly list that is based on safety and not just security".
3 months for disruptive behavior that includes physical gestures. The Civil Aviation Ministry said the revised auto would also be applicable to foreign carriers subject to compliance of Tokyo Convention 1963. A draft of the proposed no-fly list was floated in May following the incident. Recently, when MPs - Shiv Sena's Ravindra Gaikwad assaulted an Air India staffer inside an aircraft and later TDP's Diwakar Reddy threatened IndiGo ground staff at Vizag airport - all airlines grounded them for some time. Speaking to reporters, Sinha assured that a passenger will land on a no-fly list only if he or she threatens the security of the flight.
All domestic flights and worldwide flights that flight over India are bound to follow it as per the rules of the Tokyo Convention, 1963. The punishment for offenders will be a ban of up to 6 months. The new rules will apply to foreign carriers as well, the civil aviation ministry said today. "The no-fly ban will be in addition to any statutory legal action that can be taken against the offender under existing laws", Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said at a press conference.
No-Fly offence categories: Level 2 - Ban upto six months for physically abusive behaviour (pushing, kicking, hitting, inappropriate touching).
He said that the government has established a mechanism to hear the appeal; if any, of aggrieved passengers.
Level 3- Life threatening behaviour by the flyer such as - assaults, damage to aircraft systems etc. will be punitive with a ban on flying up to two years.
A special Internal Committee will be set up to rule on complaints. During this period, the passenger will not be able to fly with the airline. "The internal committee will have a retired district & sessions judge as chairman and representatives from a different scheduled airline, passengers' association/consumer association/retired officer of the Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum as members", the government said.
The passenger will not be allowed to fly till the decision of the internal committee. However, the no-fly rule also comes with certain checks and balances to ensure that airlines do not act in a biased way and target anyone as per their personal opinion.
A passenger barred from flying can approach the appellate committee, constituted by the ministry within a period of 60 days.