Amendments to the Russian Aviation Code signed by President Vladimir Putin on 5 December 2017 come into force on 4 June – just before the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The changes will mean Russian carriers like Aeroflot will have the right to refuse to transport disruptive passengers and gives them the right to blacklist unruly passengers and refuse to carry them.
Grounds for refusal to transport disruptive passengers and blacklist them with a subsequent ban from all flights for a year include failure to follow orders of an aircraft captain, hooliganism on board, and actions that threaten safety of aircraft operation.
The measures were proposed by national carrier Aeroflot to bring Russian legislation in line with the global best practice in preventing and counteracting disruptive behaviour on aircraft.
Aeroflot’s deputy chief executive officer for legal and property matters, Vladimir Alexandrov said: “We welcome the enforcement of the amendments to the law that Aeroflot has long been actively lobbying for.
“Supported by the Russian President we have created a new legal mechanism which will allow airlines to prevent and counteract all kinds of disruptive behaviour regardless of a passenger’s social status.
“The right to blacklist unruly passengers and refuse them transportation will allow us to reduce the number of incidents onboard and assert the right of our passengers to a safe and comfort flight.”