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8 Months After India Establishes No-Fly List, Mumbai Man Becomes First To Be Grounded

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| May 20 , 2018 , 10:36 IST

India first established a no-fly list (NFL) for disruptive passengers on air-flights around 8 months ago, but the list has now gotten its first name, in the form of Mumbai jeweller Birju Kishore Salla who created a hijack scare on a Jet Airways' flight last year.

On October 30, 2017 Salla left a hijack message in the business class lavatory of a Jet Airways' flight, forcing the flight to divert to Ahmedabad, which has led Jet Airways to ban him from flying on its planes for 5 years, media reported on Sunday.

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"This is the first case of an Indian carrier putting someone on the NFL. Jet Airways has informed us that after following due procedure, they have banned him (Salla) for five years with effect from November 2017 for breach of security," said a senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

"It is the airline's responsibility to inform other carriers and then it is up to them whether they also put the person on their NFLs. We will continue to maintain a database for such passengers," he said.

The 'hijack' note left by Salla read, "9W 339 is covered by hijackers and a/c (aircraft) should not land and (be) flown straight to POK (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir). 12 ppl on board. If you put landing you can hear the noise of people dying. Don't take it as a joke. Cargo area contains explosive bombs and will blast if you land in DEL (Delhi)."

For the hijack scare, Salla has been banned from flying under the highest level of the 'No Fly List' Level 3 for on-board unruly behaviour that entails grounding from two years to a lifetime. Level 3 is applied in cases of life-threatening behaviour like damage to aircraft operating systems, serious physical violence and attempted or actual breach of cockpit.