Saturday, September 12, 2020

Kangana flight chaos: IndiGo 'reinforcing' its inflight messaging on 'no photography on board'

New Delhi: India’s aviation reporter has warned airlines that a repeat of the unruly scenes witnessed on IndiGo’s Chandigarh-Mumbai flight this Wednesday that had actress Kangana Ranaut onboard, will lead to carriers being suspending from operating that route — on which such an instance takes place — for two weeks.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Saturday issued an order, reiterating photography is not allowed at a “government aerodrome or from an aircraft in flight… except (with).. permission in writing by (certain designated aviation officials)… This permission is, however, not applicable when such aircraft is landing, taking off or on ground at a defence aerodrome.”
While the wording of Saturday’s order conveys no photography is allowed on board aircraft or airports, top officials say the intent is to prevent a repeat of what happened on Ranaut’s Chandigarh-Mumbai flight. “We do not intend to stop photography, say like with their mobiles, that passengers of all ages do while travelling (except at defence airfields). The idea is not to let safety protocol be violated due to a frenzy and stop intrusion of privacy inflight for anyone,” said a senior official.
But how airlines view and implement this order remains to be seen. IndiGo, for instance, said: “In line with (Saturday’s) directive, we are reinforcing our messaging in flight on prohibition of photography while on board.” Comments from other airlines were sought and are awaited.
The regulator has also slammed IndiGo for failing to prevent the frenzied behaviour by electronic media once the aircraft touched down in Mumbai by allowing so many “big cameras” on the flight and not stopping them at Chandigarh airport with help of security personnel.
12/09/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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