India Bars ‘Unruly’ Passengers From Flying for Three months to Over Two Years

The new rules, which come with punishment commensurate with the nature of the violation, comes months after Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad allegedly beat an Air India staffer with a slipper.

The government has issued a no-fly list of unruly passengers after a lawmaker admitted assaulting an official from state-owned carrier Air India. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: The Centre has issued new norms barring unruly passengers from flying for a minimum of three months to more than two years depending on the nature of the misdemeanour.

The civil aviation ministry has come out with three categories of unruly behaviour by passengers, each of which will be punished with a different duration of ban on flying, officials said on Friday.

The first level of misdemeanor is verbal harassment and will invite a flying ban of three months.


The second level comprises physically abusive behaviour which will carry a ban of six months.


The third category consists of life threatening behaviour and will carry a flying ban of two years or more without limit, they said.


The move comes in the wake of some incidents, including one involving Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who allegedly hit an Air India staffer with a slipper for not getting a business class seat.He had a business class ticket but he had to travel the economy class because the flight was an all-economy one.

According to a mechanism laid down by the ministry, after the pilot-in-command of a plane complains about a passenger, the airline’s internal committee will probe the matter and decide the quantum of ban within a period of 30 days.

If the committee fails to give a decision within this period the passenger will be free to fly.

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  • I hope it is made applicable retroactively to include this obnoxious MP Ravindra Gaikwad as a shining example of an arm’s length system and to set the tone for others to follow. Since he has acted as the trigger, this exception should be made for him.

  • Aankhen

    the No-fly list provisions are applicable to EVERY passenger. No exemptions.

    So not opt-in like India’s laws.