Tuesday, October 10, 2017

30 seconds of silence likely on flights carrying soldiers’ bodies

New Delhi:  Indian carriers may soon ask passengers to observe 30 seconds of silence if the aircraft is carrying the mortal remains of military personnel who have died in combat.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has forwarded a proposal from the armed forces to all airlines for comments, and government officials indicated that it may soon be accepted. "This proposal had come from the armed forces and we have forwarded it to airlines seeking their views," said a senior official at the aviation regulator. "Airlines have to be taken on board before any decision is taken."
DGCA also forwarded a possible template for the announcement that could be made on such flights. Oddly enough, the template includes terms like 'proud' and 'privileged' while referring to martyred soldiers. However, a DGCA official said the script had not been prepared by the regulator.
"It is our proud privilege/moment to announce that today on our flight we have amongst us the mortal remains of an extremely brave and gallant soldier of the Indian Army/Navy/Air Force... We request you to observe 30 seconds of silence for the departed soul," reads the template forwarded by the regulator.
10/10/17 Mihir Mishra/Times of India