New Delhi, Sept 7: Identity documents like Aadhaar card, driving licence, passport or pan card will be mandatory to book ticket of a domestic flight after the Centre comes with the final rules for “no fly list” on Friday, reported Times of India. The government is yet to take the final call on Election Commission voter ID card to be acceptable for booking domestic tickets. Passport number is already mandatory for international travel. Also Read - Finance Minister Asks Banks to Ensure All Accounts Are Linked to Aadhaar by March 2021
Union Minister of State For aviation Jayant Sinha said the government has prepared final rules for the ‘no fly list’ and will issue them on Friday. “We are going to issue a civil aviation requirement (CAR or rule issued by DGCA) where some identity card number will have to be provided. People giving Aadhaar numbers will soon be able to get digital boarding cards,” Sinha was quoted as saying. Also Read - Linking Aadhaar to Property Will Lead to Major Reduction in Black Money, Says New Survey
The minister said a team of Directorate General of Civil Aviation, led by chief BS Bhullar, held a discussion with global regulators in Magnolia before finalising the norms for ‘no fly list’. “India is pioneering in having a no fly list on the basis of safety as other countries have it on security grounds,” he said. Also Read - International Flights News: Why Has India Banned Flights? 19 Countries We Are Still Allowed to Go
The ‘no fly list’ was supposed to be implemented from early July. However, it got delayed as the government was seeing how databases of different airlines can be linked so that a person put on unruly passenger’s list by one airline is not able to fly on the other Indian carriers too.
The concept of ‘no fly list‘ was originated in the US. The motive of the no fly list is to keep a check on people who are prohibited from boarding commercial aircraft for travel within, into, or out of the country. It helps the authorities in better passenger tracking and prohibits people convicted of serious aviation felonies from flying. Apart from dangerous criminals, the list may also ban flying for people who showed unruly behaviour with fellow passengers or flight crew during the air travel. In India, the national carrier Air India was the first to put Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad on the ‘no fly list’.