An incident of unruly behaviour by a drunk air passenger occurred on an IndiGo flight from Delhi to Bengaluru on Friday. The passenger, in an inebriated state, attempted to open the flap of an emergency door.
Alerted by the crew, the captain took appropriate action to caution the passenger. The airline spokesperson confirmed that the safe operation of the flight was not compromised. The passenger was handed over to the CISF upon arrival in Bengaluru.
Unruly passenger incidents increasing
This recent incident of a drunk passenger on an IndiGo flight is just one of many witnessed by airlines in the last few months. For instance, in March, two passengers on an IndiGo flight from Dubai to Mumbai verbally abused the crew and co-passengers despite multiple warnings from the crew.
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DGCA’s measures to tackle unruly behaviour
To deal with such unruly behaviour, the aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has issued guidelines titled “Handling of unruly/disruptive passengers.”
According to the guidelines, airlines are required to follow a prescribed procedure for holding passengers accountable before placing them on the No Fly List maintained by the DGCA based on the information provided by the airlines.
Number of passengers placed on the No Fly List increasing
The minister of state for civil aviation, V K Singh, recently announced that ten individuals had been placed on the No Fly List this year until March 15th. In 2021 and 2022, around 66 and 63 passengers respectively were also added to the list.