New Delhi, Jan 28: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has recently given its nod to airlines to carry restrainers like plastic handcuffs on board and use them for safety of flight when needed.
Crew members can use handcuff to restrain unruly flyers in the interest of flight safety.
"The DGCA's nod came in end-2015. We will have restrainers on board shortly and use them in the interest of flight safety as and when required," reported the Times of India citing the Jet official as saying.
Many of the airlines like IndiGo, SpiceJet have been carrying carrying restraint devices on its flights for some time now.
"As per DGCA guidelines, crew members must attempt to defuse a critical situation until it becomes clear that there is no way to resolve through verbal communication and written notice to passenger.
Restraining devices should be used when all conciliatory approaches have been exhausted. We, at IndiGo, carry a restraint device on all our domestic flights." Made of nylon, these restrainers are called "tuff and tie or tuff-cut", said a statement issued by the IndiGo.
IndiGo has trained its cabin crew to apply restraining devices when needed.