Thursday, May 21, 2020

Pregnant should not fly, baggage tags to be replaced by SMS: Govt norms for flight resumption

New Delhi: The aviation ministry on Thursday released detailed standard operating norms covering all aspects of air travel right from arriving at origin airport to alighting at the destinations.

According to the norms, airlines will have to adhere to lower and upper fare limits prescribed by the aviation ministry during coronavirus pandemic and “vulnerable persons, such as very elderly, pregnant ladies and passengers with health issues are advised to avoid air travel.”

Everyone will need to do web check-in and print a boarding card before reaching airport at least two hours before flight time. People with red light on their Aarogya Setu App will not be allowed to travel.

Domestic flights will begin on Monday with one-third of originally approved summer schedule.

Passengers will be allowed only one hand and one check-in bag each. However, instead of printed baggage tag for check-in luggage, an electronic confirmation will be sent in form of SMS. Passengers will also need to complete check-in procedure and baggage drop at least 60 minutes before departure time.

Flyers will not be allowed to consume any eatables inside aircraft during flight (except on health grounds) and water bottle will be made available in the galley or on seats.

“Passenger shall not travel if he/she is staying in a containment zone. Also, they should not travel if they have tested positive for COVID-l9. Passengers are expected to certify status of their health through the Aarogya Setu app or a self-declaration form. If a passenger who is not permitted to fly, undertakes an air journey he/she shall be liable for penal action,” it says.
21/05/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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