Hijacking to grounding charges await after in-flight heckling | Kerala News

Thiruvananthapuram: Threats against civil aviation have increased, forcing governments and airlines to dramatically tighten security measures and impose tough penalties. Rules are front and center again following a stunning protest by three Youth Congress activists against Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on board the Kannur-Thiruvananthapuram flight on Monday night. The trio were arrested on Tuesday for attempted murder.

India’s “No Fly List” initiative aims to “control unruly and disruptive behavior on board aircraft”. According to her, passengers who cause nuisance could be temporarily banned from boarding. The list is maintained by the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) on the basis of information provided by the airlines.

Those who create trouble inside the aircraft will face strict legal action in accordance with international aviation rules and regulations. Even charges like hijacking can be brought against the accused.

India’s new anti-piracy law, which came into effect in 2017, provides for the death penalty in the event of the death of “any person” held hostage, such as flight crew, passengers and security personnel.

But if the incident occurs after the flight has landed at the airport and the doors have opened, only the rules in force at the airports will apply.

Only officials such as the captain, airport manager and airline security officer have the right to file a complaint with the police if an untoward incident occurs inside the flight. Those who have been injured or who have suffered other hardships can file a complaint with the police.

In accordance with Rule 23(A) of Part 3 of the Aviation Rules, 1937, no one traveling in the aircraft shall use threats or physically harm any other passenger.

But if such offense is proven, the accused will be punished with one year rigorous imprisonment or a fine of Rs 5 lakh or both as per Schedule VI of the Act.

Another rule applicable in such cases is the Civil Aviation Requirement (2017). In accordance with the provisions contained therein, those who cause harm to anyone using words may be banned from air travel for a period of three months.

Those who physically injure someone during air travel can be denied air travel for a period of six months. Under these rules, pushing is also considered a form of physical injury.

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