IndiGo, Air India, SpiceJet, and GoAir banned stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra to fly with them for allegedly heckling journalist Arnab Goswami aboard an IndiGo Mumbai-Lucknow flight on Tuesday. Whereas, AirAsia India and Vistara have said that the airline’s internal committee is reviewing the matter and it will take action according to the report. Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in his tweet stated that he had taken note of the incident and would advise other airlines in India to impose similar restrictions on Kamra, stating “offensive behavior designed to provoke and create disturbance inside an aircraft is absolutely unacceptable and endangers the safety of air travelers”.
What is a ‘No Fly List’?
The DGCA’s No Fly List contains the names of travelers distinguished as problematic and are briefly banned from boarding flights to ensure the security and check boisterous and troublesome conduct on airplane.
The US put out the No Fly List after 9/11 referring to their security evaluation. In any case, the names in the US’ No-Fly list is undisclosed. An open restricted travel backlog alongside the principles turned out without precedent for India as it were.
Offences under ‘No-Fly List’:
The offenses are ordered in three levels. On the off chance that any traveler abuses the standards installed or at the air terminal, the board surveys the offense under these classes and characterizes the discipline for the traveler.
Level 1: Unseemly conduct, physical motions, verbal badgering, wild intoxication and so forth. Under this, any traveler can be restricted for till 3 months
Level 2: Physically damaging conduct, improper contacting or lewd behavior, and so forth. The offense is deserving of boycott of as long as a half year.
Level 3: Any Life-undermining conduct or activity, harm to airplane working frameworks, physical brutality, for example, stifling, eye-gouging, deadly attack endeavored or real break of the flight team compartment, and so on. A traveler will be restricted with a compulsory least boycott of in any event 2 years.
It is to be noticed that these guidelines are set up by DGCA and the boycott will be forced by the avionics board. While the offenses will likewise be explored by the police or some other examination body independently and the case for the offense will likewise be documented with the police.
‘No-Fly list’: The procedure
As indicated by the standards set somewhere around DGCA, the crewmember or staff must educate the pilot regarding the trip about the rowdy conduct of the traveler. Afterward, the pilot in order of the flight starts the technique and reports the aircraft about the episode. The aircraft at that point shapes an inside board of trustees to contemplate the case.
The board of trustees contains Retired District and Session Judge as Chairman, a delegate from an alternate planned Airline as Member, an agent from a traveler affiliation or purchaser affiliation or resigned official of Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum as Member.
The board of trustees must settle on a choice looking into the issue inside 30 days of the offense. During this period, the aircraft which documented the report can restrict the traveler from loading up flights. On the off chance that the board of trustees neglects to settle on its choice inside 30 days, the argument against the travelers gets dropped naturally.
Can other airlines are bound to ban the passenger?
No. It isn’t required for different carriers to bar the traveler flying with them. They may decide to refuse assistance yet are not constrained to do as such.
Where to see the ‘No-Fly list’?
The names of the travelers of the ‘No-Fly list’ can be seen on the official site of DGCA.
Can the passenger appeal against DGCA’s decision of ban?
Indeed. The traveler is allowed to bid against the choice of DGCA of boycott inside 60 days of board’s choice, which will be inspected by the aboard set up by the Civil Aviation Ministry. In the event that, the Ministry maintains the boycott then the traveler can engage the High Court.