Air India mulls fine up to Rs 15 lakh on unruly fliers

  • Air India mulls fine up to Rs 15 lakh on unruly fliers

Air India mulls fine up to Rs 15 lakh on unruly fliers

National carrier Air India is considering imposing a penalty of up to Rs 15 lakh on unruly passengers causing flight delays, a move coming in the aftermath of incidents involving some MPs.

Now, Air India is mulling to penalise passengers who delay flights with their unruly behaviour, airline sources said. As no firm protocol was in place regarding how to deal with unruly passengers, Air India was forced to cave-in and allow Gaikwad to fly with them.

Besides, the airline plans to provide necessary training to the staff for dealing with unruly passengers.

Commenting on AI's proposal, Amber Dubey, partner and India head of aerospace and defence at global consultancy KPMG: "While the flight ban of reasonable duration is appropriate, imposing monetary fines may be a bit hard to impose and collect".

The government is also looking at the possibility of preparing a "no fly list" as part of stronger measures to deal with unruly passengers.

"Recent incidents may convince the government to expedite the same", Dubey added.

Weeks after being forced to restore the flying rights of Shiv Sena lawmaker Ravindra Gaikwad, Air India is considering a steep fine of up to 15 lakh rupees for unruly passengers who hold up flights.

Following the debacle surrounding Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, Air India on Monday formulated a stricter set of rules for unruly passengers onboard. The ban was eventually lifted after the MP wrote to the aviation ministry and sought their intervention.

According to official data, more than 18,000 passengers were not allowed to board flights in 2016-17 due to overbooking, compared to approximately 10,500 passengers previous year.