With air operators not very forthcoming about reporting unruly passengers on-board aircraft, civil aviation regulator, DGCA, on Friday said that they need to report such incidents with immediate effect telephonically and within 12-hours in writing.
The DGCA had earlier issued a circular to this effect in January.
The DGCA directive comes in the wake of a spate of incidents of involving unruly passenger-behaviour on-board several flights.
The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has also issued a proforma to all carriers--both scheduled and non-scheduled--for reporting incidents of unruly/disruptive passengers, which a carrier is supposed to submit within the stipulated time.
In the recent past, a number of incidents involving unruly passengers have taken place posing a threat to the safety of the flight and/or its passengers, crew, or its properties, the DGCA Cabin Safety circular issued today said.
"However, reporting of such incidents have either been substantially delayed or not reported to the regulatory authority," the circular said.