Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Are mid-air dumps a flight of fancy?

There are many alarming facets to the news that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has not yet complied with the order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to issue a circular to all airlines and ground-handling agencies to stop the release of waste from aircraft tanks while landing at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport or taxiing to any of its terminals.

First, the fact that DGCA has actually asked for a review of the order suggests it is such a common procedure that banning it may disrupt the entire waste disposal drill. That airlines might not only be emptying toilet waste tanks in mid-air but also taking a dump right on the tarmac is an equally nauseating prospect.

Moreover, non-compliance with the NGT order also implies planes may be jettisoning waste over not only Delhi’s airspace and aprons right now in violation of the NGT order but doing the same at other airports in India, especially as they appear to be inexplicably excluded from this swachh ruling.

But experts insist modern aircraft cannot take a leak, so to speak, in flight or while taxiing, as their waste disposal tanks can only be opened from the outside by specially equipped vehicles. Nor is there conclusive evidence of excreta on buildings, apparently.
07/06/17 Economic Times