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Secretary Civil Aviation, RN Choubey[/caption]
The Civil Aviation Ministry has announced the criterion and the grounding penalty for unruly passengers following demands from Airlines to create a no-fly list.
According to RN Choubey Secretary Civil Aviation, unruly behaviour has been divided into three categories:
Level 1 is applicable for passengers displaying disruptive behaviour like physical gestures and calls for grounding of 3 months.
Level 2 of unruly behaviour includes physically abusive acts like pushing and kicking and sexual harassment those displaying such behaviour would be grounded for 2-6 months.
Level 3 involves any behaviour displayed by a passenger that is considered to be life-threatening and passengers engaging in such behaviour would be grounded for 2-6 years.
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After Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad attacked an Air India staffer more than 20 times with his sandal, the various airlines called for the creation of a no-fly list to deal with similar unruly passengers in the future.
However, the rules are only applicable for domestic carriers, although international carriers can use it.