World Bulletin / News Desk
According to a new regulation drafted by the Civil Aviation General Directorate (SHGM), passengers who do not obey security rules on airplanes will face fines of between TL 1,000 and 10,000.
The regulation was published in the Official Gazette on Tuesday. Passengers who defy rules airline rules and smoke, use electronic devices during prohibited periods, fail to remain seated when required or get into fights with fellow passengers or staff that cause a disturbance, among other things, will face stiff penalties.
Under the regulation, passengers who smoke or get into a fight with staff or other passengers will be fined TL 1,000. Moreover, the regulation says that a passenger who directs a laser pointer at another aircraft during a flight will be fined TL 10,000.
Fines will be doubled if the action is repeated on a subsequent flight.
The regulation will be put into effect as of the beginning of 2014. The fines will be collected by the Ministry of Finance.