Pilot blacklists neither unlawful, nor binding
MOSCOW, May 15 - RAPSI. Aeroflot head Vitaly Savelyev's proposal to compile pilot blacklists is neither against the law nor legally binding, lawyers told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com).
However, the lawyers supported the idea of a passenger blacklist, which would include people who behaved poorly on board. Enforcing them, though, would be unrealistic as airlines would be sued for breaking the law. But they added that it would be nice if air travel was "idiot-proof."
The Aeroflot head said on Monday that his company would initiate pilot and passenger blacklists because when an airline discharges a pilot for incompetence another airline employs him due to the shortage of pilots in Russia. Annually, only 400 pilots graduate as opposed to the required 1,000.
As for blacklisted passengers, Savelyev said they should be denied air transportation because they create an unsafe situation on board.
The lawyers unanimously agreed that compiling blacklists does not contradict the law. Any airline can do it, and no companies run legal risks by refusing to employ blacklisted people.
Meanwhile, they stressed that such lists have no legal force and cannot solve all air security issues.