Mandatory face mask in airports, on board planes: New directives from the DGCA

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The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and other personnel deployed at the airport entrance must ensure that no one is allowed to enter the premises without wearing a mask, he added.

Airlines must disembark any passenger before departure if they refuse to wear a face mask inside a plane even after being warned, aviation regulator DGCA said on Wednesday (June 8). In addition, airport operators must take the help of local police and security agencies and issue fines to people not wearing face masks, the Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC) said in a statement. circular.

The circular followed a June 3 Delhi High Court order that “the DGCA should issue separate binding instructions to all personnel deployed at airports and on the aircraft, including flight attendants, flight attendants, captains/pilots and others, to take strict action against passengers and others who violate masking and hygiene standards”.

All such people who violate the standards should be fined and persistent violators should be placed on the no-fly list, the court said. Wednesday’s DGCA circular said airlines must ensure passengers wear masks correctly on flights and that they are only removed from faces “in exceptional circumstances and for authorized reasons”. If a passenger needs an additional face mask, the airline must provide it, he noted.

“The airline will ensure that in the event that a passenger fails to comply with the above instructions, even after repeated warnings, they are disembarked, if necessary, before departure,” he said. In the event that a passenger refuses to wear a mask or violates COVID-19 protocol even after repeated in-flight warnings, they should be treated as an “unruly passenger” as defined in DGCA regulations, says the circular. DGCA regulations give airlines the power to ban passengers for a period of time after they have been declared “unruly”.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and other police personnel deployed at the airport entrance must ensure that no one is allowed to enter the premises without wearing a mask, he said. All airport operators must increase announcements and surveillance to ensure terminal passengers are wearing face masks correctly and following COVID-appropriate behavior at all times on airport premises, he said. note.

“In the event that a passenger does not wear a mask or refuses to wear a mask and to follow the COVID-19 protocol, he should be fined according to the law of the respective state where the airport is located and it can even be handed over to security agencies,” it said.

Airport operators should take disinfection measures at airports and provide hand sanitizers or dispensers at prominent places in the terminal, he noted. “In addition, airport operators will fine those who violate COVID-19 protocols in accordance with state regulations with the assistance of local police and security agencies for violations of COVID-19 protocols,” he added.

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