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 Indian carriers to restrain unruly passengers on board with handcuffs

New Delhi: In order to control unruly passengers in flights, Indian carriers will now be carrying restrainers, like plastic handcuffs, to bind such flyers to their seats till the plane makes a safe landing.

According to a report in a leading English newspaper, a Jet Airways official said the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has recently allowed airlines to carry restrainers (meaning plastic handcuffs) on board.

"The DGCA's okay came in end-2015. We will have restrainers on board shortly and use them in the interest of flight safety as and when required," the Jet official said.

Reportedly, airlines indicated they will be using this step when needed to curb the menace of disruptive behaviour of passengers that threatens safety of aircraft.

According to the report, SpiceJet official said the airline carries handcuffs on all its aircraft and gives martial arts training to its crew.

IndiGo said that it has been carrying restraint devices -nylon ropes - on all its flights for some time now.  Whereas Vistara said it takes "adequate measures" for tackling unruly behaviour.

Notably, at least 70 passengers were offloaded from a Raipur-bound Indigo flight at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport last Saturday on the grounds of "unruly behaviour", following which the fliers lodged a complaint with airport police alleging they were harassed by the airline staff.

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