No mask, SOP violation could land flyers in no-fly list

NEW DELHI, AUG 29 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 8/29/2020 12:12:02 PM IST

Violating the standard operating procedures (SOPs) or not wearing masks during flights could land an air passenger on the ‘no-fly list’, with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) asking airlines to apply the rules pertaining to unruly flyers on such passengers. Meanwhile, the government has allowed airlines to resume in-flight meal services on domestic flights, and serve hot meals and alcohol on international flights subject to certain guidelines.

A senior DGCA official told The Indian Express that the decision to apprehend a passenger will rest with the crew, which can make a formal complaint if the said passenger refuses to adhere to the SOPs put in place to prevent transmission of Covid-19 disease on flights. 

“Someone will have to remove a mask for sometime if they want to drink water or have meals. After such a service is over, the crew can ask the passenger to cover their faces with the mask. If someone is misbehaving, and only the crew can assess the situation, they can be put on the no-fly list,” the official said.


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