India tightens aviation safety with new rules

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, wants a tighter aviation rules

(Xinhua/NAN) Authorities in India on Friday announced new draft rules for the country’s no-fly list to prevent unruly passengers travelling by domestic airlines with three-level classification comprising physical gestures, unruly behaviour and murderous assault.

“Passengers can be suspended from flying for three months to two years or more depending on how far they have crossed the line.

“This is the first time that a no-fly list was being proposed in India to address the issues pertaining to civil aviation safety,’’ the Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Raju, who released the draft rules said.

Officials said the draft rules would first be put up online for a month to invite feedback from the general public.

The draft rules came in the wake of an incident involving Indian lawmaker Ravindra Gaikwad who assaulted an Air India staffer.

Gaikwad boasted of beating a 63-year-old Air India manager with his slipper 25 times.

Though he was banned by the airliners for some days, the ban was later revoked after he regretted the incident in the parliament.

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