Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Fly with your own Covid safety kit, airlines won't provide you with any on domestic flights

Following the relaxation granted by the Health ministry, Domestic airlines have now discontinued distributing Covid safety gears to passengers.

This is the first time since the onset of the pandemic last year that the ministry of health has issued eased up guidelines for air travel.

Domestic airlines have ceased to provide passengers with masks, face shields, hand sanitizers or even wrap around gowns to the middle-seat passengers. They're only ensuring that the boarding passengers have their masks on.

Guidelines revised on August 25th by Health and Family Welfare Ministry spell that the airline operators shall also keep a surplus reserve of masks, face shields, sanitizer, etc. in case its unavailable with passengers or needs replacement.

A 'declining trajectory' of cases across India after the second wave's peek envisaged in May is cited as the reason for relaxation of guidelines. "There is no requirement of the usage of body coverall/apron for passengers," states a point the guidelines.

Air India noted the guidelines and in a statement said that it'll discontinue the issuance of safety kit and wrap-around gowns to passengers immediately. And that this applies to domestic flights.

In view of the revised rules, IndiGo reiterated that, "As per the recent govt guidelines, travellers are required to follow COVID-appropriate behavior which includes use of mask to cover nose and mouth, hand hygiene and physical distancing." The airline will adhere to the guidelines and keep a stock of the safety gear to provide it to customers on request.

Vistara is 'in compliance' with the revised regulations and GoAir, as reported in TOI said it could not comment, citing SEBI regulations given its pending IPO.

07/09/21 Economic Times

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