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Repeat offenders may be banned from flying for life

State Duma deputies again – this time on the eve of the holiday season – raised the noisy topic of brawls on board airplanes. In a letter addressed to Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Savelyev, Deputy Chairman for Economic Policy of the State Duma Nadezhda Shkolkina proposed creating a unified register of air rowdies. They say that the fact that every airline has blacklists may not work. The hooligan passenger was not allowed on the flight of one carrier, he flew on another – and, it may happen, out of habit he started a row.

“Today there is such a right (not to allow rowdies on board. – Ed.) airlines have already been provided at the legislative level. At the same time, the register of persons whose air transportation is limited by the carrier is maintained by each airline independently and is not synchronized, which leads to these passengers committing repeated offenses on board the aircraft of other airlines,” Nadezhda Shkolkina explained her position. The idea is not new. Earlier, Yaroslav Nilov, Chairman of the Duma Committee on Labor and Social Policy, spoke about the need for a unified blacklist.

However, there are nuances, namely: if a unified register of air rowdies is created, the hooligan may forever lose the opportunity to fly by plane. Even if he repents and reforms. According to the vice-president of the RST, the head of the legal agency “Persona Grata” Georgy Mokhov, the law now allows carriers to refuse to enter into an air transportation agreement to persons who have been brought to administrative or criminal liability for hooliganism on board an aircraft. The carrier maintains an appropriate register of such persons and is obliged to exclude a person from it after a year has passed after an administrative decision or serving a sentence under a criminal article. Theoretically, the lawyer argues, it is possible to unite such registers and set restrictions simultaneously for all carriers, but this requires amendments to the Air Code of the Russian Federation. “But this is a very serious restriction of the rights of a citizen. Perhaps, having received a “ban” from one of the carriers, the passenger will come to his senses and behave as quietly as possible on other flights. And in the event of a total ban, he generally loses the possibility of air transportation. I would consider this kind of ban only in case of relapse,” noted Georgy Mokhov.

Let us recall that at the end of last year, the Association of Air Transport Operators (AEVT), which includes 23 Russian airlines, appealed to the Ministry of Transport with a request to tighten punishment for passengers who violate the rules of conduct on board an aircraft. In particular, we are talking about those who like to smoke in the toilet, and rowdies who received punishment under the article for petty hooliganism. They want to be included in a single blacklist and suspended from flying for 3 years. At the same time, they are going to connect tour operators to the database so that violating passengers will not be able to fly on charter flights. However, in order to implement this initiative, it is necessary to amend the Air Code and the Code of Administrative Offenses.

Source: Tourdom

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