The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Saturday said that passengers will be "de-boarded" from flights if they don't wear masks properly inside the aircraft or don't follow "Covid-19 appropriate behaviour".
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has released a circular stated that a lot of travellers were not adhering to Covid-19 protocols and non-compliance with the guidelines, which require individuals to wear masks properly and practise social distancing, could attract action as per law.
Justice C Hari Shankar had directed domestic airlines and DGCA to strictly comply with guidelines to enforce mask discipline among passengers and either de-board the "unruly passenger" or put them in ‘no-fly regimen’ if they defy ‘Covid-19 Protocol’ on-board. Even after repeated warnings, during the course of the flight, if passenger not adheres to it; passenger may be treated as "Unruly Passenger".
In its circular dated 13 March, the DGCA said, "It has been noticed that some travellers undertaking air journey do not adhere to 'Covid-19 protocols' which essentially involves wearing of masks properly that is not below the nose during all times of the journey from entering the Airport for departure to exiting the airport after arrival. It has also been noted that some passengers after entering the Airport do not wear mask properly and also do not maintain social distance while being in the airport premises. Similarly, some passengers have been noticed not wearing their masks properly while on-board the aircraft."
As per new DGCA guidelines certain rules to followed during air travel as Passengers shall wear masks and maintain social distancing norms at all times during air travel. The mask shall not be moved below the nose except under exceptional circumstances
CISF or other Police personnel deployed at the entrance of the Airport shall ensure that no one is allowed to enter the Airport without wearing a mask. CASO and other supervising officers must ensure this personally.