Review guidelines on face masks on flights, Delhi HC tells DGCA

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“We are not experts in the matter. The Indian government and the ICMR are… DGCA will look into this and pass the appropriate orders,” said a divisional bench consisting of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad .

The court was dealing with a suo motu plea regarding violations of social distancing standards and Covid protocols by passengers at airports.

Last month, the court insisted on strict implementation of Covid-19 guidelines at airports, asking the DGCA to take tough action, including placing passengers on a ‘no-fly list’ for failing to wear masks and breaking hygiene standards.

“The DGCA should issue separate binding guidelines authorizing airport, flight, captain, pilot, etc. personnel to take strict action against passengers and others violating masking and hand hygiene standards. These people should be booked and fined and placed on a no-fly list,” the bench said at the final hearing.

During the hearing, he also said the rules should be enforced.

“Offenders should be physically expelled, if necessary,” he said.

He also ordered pilots to take strict action against those who violate masking and hand hygiene standards inside the plane.

Noting that the mask is already a standard in flights, the bench said it is intended to reduce the threat of Covid, pointing out that one can take it off while eating or drinking.

Speaking on behalf of the DGCA, lawyer Anjana Gosain informed that the relaxation to remove the mask was only planned during meals.

The attorney further stated that none of the Covid directions were watered down and proper directions were issued pursuant to a prior order.

The suo motu complaint was based on the personal experience of Judge C. Harishankar, who was traveling on a Kolkata-New Delhi flight last year, when he noted that fellow travelers refused to wear masks and violated behavior Covid appropriate even after repeated requests.

–IANS

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