New Delhi, Mar 24: Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who assaulted an Air India staffer, has been banned from flying by top Indian Airlines including IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and GoAir. The action against Ravindra Gaikwad comes a day after he assaulted an Air India official with his footwear. With ban on Ravindra Gaikwad by top Indian Airlines, the Shiv Sena MP’s name has come on no fly list, unofficially. Also Read - 'Such Behaviour Cannot be Permitted': Delhi HC Dismisses Kunal Kamra's Plea Challenging Flying Ban
“Air India and FIA member airlines have decided to ban this Member of Parliament from flying on all our flights with immediate effect. We believe that exemplary action should be taken in such incidents to protect employee morale and public safety,” Ujjwal Dey, Associate Director of the Federation of Indian Airlines said in a statement issued. The FIA members include IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and GoAir. (ALSO READ: Air India files FIR against Ravindra Gaikwad for assaulting staffer) Also Read - Delhi-bound AI flight returns to Milan after passenger tries to enter cockpit
Since there is no concept of no fly list in India, the government is examining the ‘legality’ of all schedule Indian airlines’ move to bar Ravindra Gaikwad from flying. “The airlines have advised us that they would not be willing to carry this particular passenger (Gaikwad). We are studying their inputs on this matter. This is an action they have taken independently and we are examining it. Any action undertaken has to be lawful; it has to fit in with the general provisions of the law and the Aircraft Act. We are seeing how this whole approach should work. We have to see if this action of the airlines is within the framework of law,” Jayant Sinha, Union minister of state for aviation was quoted as saying. Also Read - Mumbai Jeweller Birju Salla Who Created Hijack Scare on Jet Airways Flight Becomes First Man to be Put on No-fly List
What is no fly list?
- The concept of no fly list was originated in US.
- The motive of the no fly list keep a check on people who are prohibited from boarding commercial aircraft for travel within, into, or out of the country.
- The no fly list helps the authorities in better passenger tracking.
- The list 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.
- The no fly List is different from the Terrorist Watch List, which is a much longer list of people said to be suspected of some involvement in act of terrorism.
Why doesn’t govt make a no fly list?
According to Union minister of state for aviation, the government is working on a no fly list there has been no movement on this issue. The minister, in a statement in the Lok Sabha on March 9, denied that the government has any such plans. To Indian airlines are in favour of making no-fly list for troublemakers. “We support a no fly list,” said Aditya Ghosh, president of IndiGo told the Business Standard. Similar views were echoed by Spice Jet CEO Ajay Singh, who said, “The government needs to act on this soon; unruly flyers are a safety hazard for not just the crew but even the travelling public. An attack on our crew and employee is an attack on us and we condemn this.”