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Icao-Iata: launch new guidance to prevent and manage unruly passengers

The launch ceremony of it took place in the last days

The Secretary General of ICAO, Fang Liu, and the Director General and CEO of IATA, Alexandre de Juniac, have officially launched new ICAO legal guidance on the management of unruly and disruptive passengers.

The new ICAO Manual on the Legal Aspects of Unruly and Disruptive Passengers (Doc 10117)  is a key result emerging from the adoption of the Protocol to Amend the Convention on Offences and Certain Other Acts Committed on Board Aircraft (Montréal Protocol of 2014).

Its chief aim is to assist national governments in legislating appropriate and better harmonized legal measures to prevent and deal with unruly and disruptive passenger incidents on international flights.

The launch ceremony for the new guidance, which took place on 7 June 2019, was attended by Michael Comber, Director, Member and External Relations, ICAO Affairs; Jiefang Huang, Director of the ICAO Legal Affairs and External Relations Bureau; John Thachet, Chairperson of the ICAO Task Force on Legal Aspects of Unruly Passengers; and Andrew Opolot, Secretary of the Task Force and ICAO Legal Officer.

The Manual’s publication is also expected to encourage more States to ratify the Montréal Protocol of 2014. With the recent deposit on 5 June of the instrument of ratification by Uruguay, the Protocol requires two more countries to formalize their ratification before its official entry into force.

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