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Government planning to make tough laws for unruly passengers

Disturbed by the controversy created after Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad thrashed an airline staffer, the central government is planning to make tough laws that would act as an effective deterrent against unruly flight passengers. Expressing the views of the government, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said today that safety of air passengers cannot be compromised at any cost and those indulging in chaotic behavior will have to face severe consequences of their action.

The minister said that the government is currently working to create new rules that would give more power to airlines and security agencies. He said that when such rules come into force, an unruly passenger can be booked by police and his name could be included in a nationwide no-fly list. He said that a case has already been registered against Gaikwad under sections 308 (culpable homicide) and 355 (assault). He explained that the case is currently under investigation and justice will surely be delivered.

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