Sunday, March 14, 2021

Wear mask properly, or be de-boarded, put on no-fly list for 3 months, warns DGCA

New Delhi: Passengers who do not wear their masks “properly” or follow social distancing norms during a flight could be de-boarded or put on the no-fly list for at least three months.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a circular to all airlines, airports and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), to treat passengers who violate the Covid-19 protocol — even after repeated warnings during the course of the flight — as “unruly passengers”.

The DGCA order comes after Delhi High Court this week took suo motu note of the fact that many passengers in an Air India flight from Kolkata to New Delhi on March 5 wore masks below their chin and showed a “stubborn reluctance” to wear them properly.

The High Court issued guidelines for passengers and said that a passenger should be put on a “no-fly” list in case of repeated refusal to follow the Covid-19 protocol.

In the order, it said that such a situation “is completely unconscionable” when the country is seeing a resurgence of Covid-19 cases and measures need to be strengthened.

In its order dated Saturday, the aviation safety regulator said: “It has been noticed that some travellers undertaking air journey do not adhere to Covid-19 protocols, which essentially involves wearing of mask properly i.e. not below the nose, during all times of the journey from entering the airport for departure to exiting the airport after arrival. It has also been noted that some passengers after entering the airport do not wear mask properly and also do not maintain social distance while being in the airport premises”.

14/03/21 Indian Express

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