Those refusing to follow the Covid protocols might find themselves on a No-fly list

Wednesday March 17, 2021 at 1:16 pm

Those who are failing to maintain social distancing or refusing to wear a proper mask during their air travel might end up in getting enlisted in a No-fly norm for a time span of three months or might not be allowed to travel. The aviation safety regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has recently issued such an order.

According to a report, Justice C Hari Shankar off late have given orders to DGCA and domestic airlines to strictly follow the guidelines on to make sure that all the flight travelers wear proper masks. If anybody not complying to the rule shall be put into a ‘No-fly regimen’. Keeping in sync with the report, such a decision has been taken after the High Court judge of Delhi witnessed the disobedience of the commuters to wear proper masks on their flight travel.

The DGCA circular proclaimed, “In case, any passenger onboard an aircraft refuses to wear a mask or violates the Covid-19 protocol for passengers even after repeated warnings during the course of the flight, such passenger may be treated as ‘unruly passenger’ and the procedure in respect of handling such unruly passenger as provided in CAR shall be followed by the concerned airline”.

Such a decision has been taken due to the rise in the number of positive cases in India and is merely an effort to control the spread of the deadly virus.

Furthermore, according to a report, an airline shall form an internal committee to look into the incident and then decide the category of the offense. According to a statement by the DGCI, if any person is reported to have violated the protocols before boarding the flight, the concerned person shall be handed over to the security personnel after giving sufficient warnings.