Too early for India to have a no-fly list: Air Passengers Association chief

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The Civil Aviation ministry on May 5 proposed a national ‘no-fly’ list to punish unruly passengers. The draft rules include disruptive behaviour such as verbal harassment or rude gestures, sexual harassment and murderous assault. Each airline will have to form a committee to decide on the ban. Passengers will have an appeal provision. This list comes in light of an incident in March, where Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad allegedly assaulted an Air India employee. D SUDHAKARA REDDY, president of the Air Passengers Association of India (APAI), speaks to Ranjita Ganesan to share the concerns and expectations of passengers.

The incident involving MP Ravindra Gaikwad brought the issue into discussion. How prevalent is unruly behaviour among passengers, and is a national no-fly list necessary?
While it is necessary, it is too early for a country like ours, as we are a developing country with the largest number of first-time flyers taking to air travel for faster and more comfortable journeys. It is not necessary at present.
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