DGCA issues new guidelines for air passengers, makes face masks mandatory at airports and domestic flights


New Delhi: Notice to air passengers! Failure to wear a face mask at the airport or inside the flight will now result in a sanction from the authorities. Given the rise in coronavirus cases in the country, aviation regulator DGCA issued new guidelines on Wednesday and said passengers who do not wear masks in flight may be treated as “unruly “.Also Read – Karnataka May Impose COVID Restrictions Due To Rising Cases, CM Declares Decision In 2 Days As State Sounds Alert

“Airlines must ensure that all passengers wear face masks correctly and continue to wear the mask throughout the journey. Face masks may be removed in exceptional circumstances and for authorized reasons only,” the DGCA said in the guidelines. Also Read – Maharashtra Decides to Increase Covid Testing as State Witnesses Spike in Cases | Read the government statement here

In the order, the DGCA further said that passengers will be removed from the aircraft prior to departure if found without a face mask and not following appropriate COVID behavior. Read also – Fourth wave of COVID in India? These 5 states are reporting a sudden rise in infections | Complete list

Giving details, civil aviation regulator DGCA said CISF staff will be tasked with enforcing guidelines on masks at airports. However, the DGCA has only authorized the removal of the mask in exceptional circumstances.

“In the event that a passenger on board an aircraft refuses to wear a mask or violates the ‘Covid Protocol for Passengers’ even after repeated warnings, during the flight, that passenger may be treated as an ‘unruly passenger’ “, said the DGCA in its latest directives issued in accordance with the June 3 order of the Delhi High Court.

The DGCA said airlines must ensure that passengers are made aware of the precautionary measures to be taken by them through their websites, travel agents, call centres, airport signage, assistance booths at airports, etc.

“The airline will make regular announcements to educate passengers on the need to follow appropriate Covid behaviors such as hand hygiene, wearing a mask, etc. during travel,” the order reads. DGCA.

The civil aviation regulator further added that airlines will arrange for an additional face mask and provide passengers, if needed.

“The airline will ensure that in the event that a passenger fails to comply with the above instructions even after repeated warnings, they will be disembarked, if necessary, before departure,” the civil aviation regulator added.

The latest order from the DGCA comes at a time when daily coronavirus infections in India have been recorded above 5,000 after 93 days, taking the total number of Covid cases to 43 million while active cases have risen to 28,857. A total of 5,233 infections were recorded in 24 hours, while the death toll soared to 524,715 with seven new fatalities, according to Health Ministry data updated as of 8 a.m.


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