Air India to slap fines on unruly passengers for delaying flights

New Delhi, April 17: To deal with “unruly passengers” on board delaying the flights, Air India on Monday formulated rules to slam penalty as well as legal action against the offenders.

The national carrier has decided to levy a fine of Rs 5 lakh if a passenger delays a flight up to one hour reported ANI. For delays between one and two hours, the carrier would impose a fine of Rs 10 lakh while delay beyond two hours will invite a penalty of Rs 15 lakh.

Following the banning of Shiv Sena MP Ravendra Singh Gaekwad after the latter assualted an AI staffer, the national carrier had said that it would establish a “No-Fly List” in consultation with the ministry.

In an official statement, it was said that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation is drafting amendment to the Civil Aviation Requirements on ways to deal with “unruly passengers” in future.

The Air lines after the mediation from the government lifted the ban and said the draft for dealing with unruly passengers is being worked upon.

On March 23, Gaikwad had assaulted one of the staffers on board. The defiant parliamentarian later on told media that had hit the Air India employee 25 times with his sandal. He accused the AI staff for misbehaving with him. H alleged that he was forced to be flown in the economy class despite booking a business class seat for his Pune to Delhi flight.

However, Air India had ruled out the accusations and said the plane was economy-only flight, and the minister had refused to take a different flight.

Wefornews Bureau

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