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After Gaikwad Incident, Centre Plans No-Fly List For Unruly Fliers

The government is planning a no-fly list to keep unruly passengers off flights, junior civil aviation minister Jayant Sinha has said, a day after his ministry revoked a flight ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad.

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Updated:April 8, 2017, 5:42 PM IST
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After Gaikwad Incident, Centre Plans No-Fly List For Unruly Fliers
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New Delhi: The government is planning a no-fly list to keep unruly passengers off flights, junior civil aviation minister Jayant Sinha has said, a day after his ministry revoked a flight ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad.

Air India lifted the ban on Friday, following direction from the ministry, and private airlines followed suit on Saturday.

In a series of tweets on Saturday Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said unruly behaviour by air passengers will result in severe consequences.

"Air travellers should note that safety and security for passengers and crew are our paramount priority. Unruly and disruptive behaviour will result in severe consequences. This includes police action for a specific incident as well as being placed on a no-fly list," he said.

This is the first official response from the ministry after the airlines revoked the ban on Gaikwad -- a development that had become a political hot potato after the Shiv Sena, an ally at the Centre, sought lifting of the ban.

Sinha emphasised that the ministry is strengthening rules so that a national no-fly list can be implemented so that such incidents can be prevented and safety improved.

About the incident involving the Shiv Sena member, the minister said Gaikwad had apologised and provided an undertaking that such incidents would not reoccur.

"Therefore AI (Air India) has been advised to revoke his ban... Police investigations regarding Gaikwad's conduct during the March 23 incident are under way and the law will take its own course," Sinha said.

Furthermore, in response to certain tweets related to Gaikwad incident, Sinha said police FIRs have been filed and justice will surely be delivered.

He noted that case has been registered against Gaikwad, including sections 308 (culpable homicide) and 355 (assault).

"A flying ban is meant to prevent future unruly behaviour, not to punish past behaviour. We now have an undertaking for future behaviour," he added.

(With PTI inputs)

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