Violation of In-Flight Norms Will Lead to Route Suspension For 2 Weeks: DGCA

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The Directorate-General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Saturday issued an order for commercial flights saying that violations of Covid-19 in-flight norms, including photography, will lead to the suspension of the scheduled route for two weeks.

And the suspension will remain until the airline takes action against those who violate these rules.

“In the event of a violation of rule 13 of the 1937 Aircraft Rules for passenger aircraft, the flight plan for this particular route will be suspended for two weeks from the next day,” tweeted the DGCA.

The rule given by the DGCA regulates the conditions for photography and videography onboard commercial passenger flights.

The Aviation regulator further said that, despite these rules, airlines have frequently broken the rules, mostly due to a lack of care.

“Needless to say, such deviations lead to compromises in maintaining the highest safety standards and are therefore not allowed,” the statement said.

The new policy comes shortly after an incident aboard an Indigo flight that recently involved actor Kangana Ranaut, who traveled from Chandigarh to Mumbai on Wednesday.

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The DGCA has asked IndiGo to take “appropriate action” after regulators found an alleged media breach of security and social distancing protocols on the airline’s Chandigarh-Mumbai flight, which Ranaut was a passenger.

“We saw some videos showing media people on board the 6E264 flight standing too close together on Wednesday. It appears to be a violation of safety and social distancing protocols, ”said a DGCA official.

According to the DGCA rules, after an internal investigation, an airline can put an “unruly passenger” on its “no-fly list” for a certain period of time.


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