The Ministry of Transport has developed rules for the application of special equipment to air raids
The Ministry of Transport has proposed to use plastic handcuffs and nylon belts to “tie” air raids on board aircraft, according to a draft government decree posted on January 21 on the website regulation.gov.ru
“This measure will eliminate further illegal actions by the violator (on board the plane -” Vedomosti “). At the same time, access of such persons to such means of restraint should be excluded, ”a representative of the Ministry of Transport told Vedomosti, commenting on the document.
It follows from the project that handcuffs and belts will be used at the risk of flight safety, as well as the lives and health of passengers and crew. In particular, it may be a “verbal threat”, the use of insulting expressions or insults, “threatening, brazen or abusive behavior.” Means of deterrence will also be able to be used against rioters who interfere with the work of flight attendants and pilots.
To detain such a passenger, crew members or airline security officers (if the plane is still on the ground) may prohibit him from entering the passenger compartment area located “directly in front of the flight crew cabin door,” the document said. In this case, the pilots themselves are forbidden to leave the cockpit. Only the commander of the aircraft (FAC) will be able to order the use of handcuffs.
During the flight, crew members must keep bound or handcuffed airmen under constant surveillance, place violators in seats near the aisle or exit is prohibited. The crew will be able to take the belts and handcuffs only at the moment of using special means to stop the violator and strictly “in accordance with the operational documentation of such means”, the project clarifies. It will also be possible to remove the handcuffs from the violator only by the decision of the FAC or by handing him over to law enforcement officers after the landing of the aircraft.
The resolution should come into force on September 1, 2022 and be valid until September 2028.
A law allowing aircraft crews to apply special deterrents to air raids was signed by President Vladimir Putin in December 2021. The document allows them to be used, but a list of special equipment and rules for their use was to be developed by the Ministry of Transport. The text of the law also states that they can be applied only against persons whose actions “pose an immediate threat to the safety of the aircraft or endanger the life or health of others and refuse to obey the orders of the FAC.”
The initiative was supported by the entire aviation community. In March 2021, the Professional Association of Air Transport Operators (AEVT) insisted on the early adoption of this law, introduced in the State Duma in 2018. Legislators adopted the act in third reading in late November 2021, and in December it was signed by the President.
Legislation on air raids in Russia has consistently tightened in recent years. In 2017, criminal liability was introduced for violating the rules of safety in transport (Articles 213 and 267.1 of the Criminal Code), which provides for up to five years in prison. Since June 2018, Russia has also had a law that allows airlines to keep their own “blacklists” of passengers who are denied ticket sales for previous violations on board.
Law enforcement officers also observe the lack of serious positive dynamics in reducing the number of air raids. According to the Interior Ministry, provided to “Vedomosti”, even in the pandemic 2020, when air traffic fell sharply, for the commission of illegal acts were not allowed to air 1568 people (in 2019 – 2273, 2018 – 1858), another 107 were removed from flights (in 2019 – 1165, 2018 – 1131).
But to alleviate the situation when the riot is already on board, and the board is in the air, blacklists will not help, told “Vedomosti” a representative of Red Wings Alexander Vorobiev. The CEO of Nordwind Igor Shvyatsov also pointed out that the removal of the bully from the flight after arrival is ineffective, especially since “in some countries, destructive passengers are quite lenient.”