Airlines put 149 unruly passengers on the ‘No Fly List’ for a period since 2020

Rajya Sabha was told that 149 persons were included since 2020

Rajya Sabha was told that 149 persons were included since 2020
Rajya Sabha was told that 149 persons were included since 2020

DGCA maintains the ‘No Fly List’ based on the airline’s information

On Monday, in a written reply to Rajya Sabha, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said that as many as 149 passengers had been placed on the ‘No Fly List‘ for a period, as per the recommendations of the respective Internal Committee constituted by the airline during the last three years (from 2020 till date).

In a written reply, the civil aviation, minister of state, Gen. (Dr) V K Singh (Retd) said that in the last three years, no such case had been revoked.

The SoP, as per the Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR), Section 3-Air Transport, Series M, and Part VI titled “Handling of unruly/ disruptive passengers”, provides that a complaint of unruly behaviour from the pilot-in-command is to be referred by the airlines to an Internal Committee constituted by the airline.

It also says that the Internal Committee shall decide the matter within a period of 30 days along with the category level of the unruly passenger and the duration of the ban from flying in terms of the provisions of the CAR. Pending a decision of the Internal Committee, the concerned airline may ban such passengers from flying for a period not exceeding 30 days.

The rules said that the decision of the Internal Committee is binding on the airline concerned. In case the Internal Committee fails to take a decision in 30 days, the passenger will be free to fly. The airlines shall maintain a database of all unruly passengers (after the decision by the Internal Committee) and inform the same to DGCA/ other airlines.

Based on the airline’s information, the ‘No Fly List’ is maintained by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). During the last three years, the license of one pilot has been suspended for a period of three months due to his failure to discharge his duties. The case has neither been reviewed nor revoked.

[With Inputs from IANS]

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