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Qatar set to update commercial aviation law

Tougher rules to govern in-flight violations including smoking and unruly passengers.

Qatar set to update commercial aviation law
NEW RULES: Under the changes, violations will include refusal by passengers to follow safety instructions from crew members. (Getty Images)

Qatar’s aviation law is to be updated so that it can more effectively deal with in-flight passenger violations, it has been reported.

Last year, Qatar Airways alone recorded 402 cases of smoking on its flights and 97 cases of unruly passengers, the Peninsula reports on Wednesday. Other violations including the harassment of cabin crew and damaging airline property.

The number of offences has caused Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority to look at the effectiveness of current regulations, and propose some key changes to the commercial aviation law of 2002.

Under the changes, violations will include refusal by passengers to follow safety instructions from crew members.

If found guilty of in-flight violations by a court, passengers face up to three years in prison or a fine of QR100,000, or both, the paper reports.

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AlexT 9 years ago

I agree, international laws dealing with aviation matters are so 15th century and inadequate for Qatar's airline, with the long experience the can show the world how it can be done. It unacceptable for a PAYING CLIENT to harrass the staff by asking for his/hers drink to arrive within reasonable time of his/her meal arriving. Or harassing them by pressing the the call button more then once....... Since they are so proud of the extra facilities incorporated on their airplanes maybe they can ask Airbus to design them a flogging station and give the the duristiction the head steward..... On a serious note, it would only take one incident for the press and competitors to have a field day, I can see the headline "Unruly passenger transiting in Doha thrown to prison for repatedly and in a threating manner asking where his connecting gate was" Anger management anyone