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Will suspend flight for 2 weeks if anyone is found taking photographs inside plane: DGCA

Written by Pranav Mukul
| New Delhi |

September 13, 2020 1:05:05 am





On September 9, IndiGo’s Chandigarh-Mumbai flight with movie actress Kangana Ranaut as a passenger witnessed violation of social distancing and security protocols by tv journalists, in keeping with a report filed with the DGCA by the airline. (Representational)

Following surfacing of a video exhibiting media individuals making a ruckus within the IndiGo flight from Chandigarh to Mumbai, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued punitive measures for airways to make sure the ‘no in-flight photography’ guidelines are adopted.

The DGCA has famous in an order that in case of any violation on a scheduled flight, the stated flight will probably be suspended for two weeks and will probably be restored solely as soon as the airline has taken all the mandatory punitive motion towards these accountable for the violation.

On September 9, IndiGo’s Chandigarh-Mumbai flight with movie actress Kangana Ranaut as a passenger witnessed violation of social distancing and security protocols by tv journalists, in keeping with a report filed with the DGCA by the airline. “As you are aware…no person shall take, or cause or permit to be taken…from an aircraft in flight, any photograph except in accordance with and subject to the terms and conditions of a permission in writing granted by the Director General, a Joint Director General, a Deputy Director General or the Director of Regulations and Information of the Civil Aviation department,” the DGCA stated in its order.

“In spite of these regulations, it has been noted that at times, the airlines have failed to follow these stipulations primarily because of lack of diligence on their part. Needless to say that such deviations result in compromise in maintaining the highest standards of safety and therefore, is not to be allowed,” the order dated September 12 added.

In a selected communique to IndiGo, the DGCA had famous the violations by media individuals and the airline crew’s shortcomings when it comes to failure to tell the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) concerning the actions on board. The regulator requested the airline to provoke appropriate motion towards “all those, who are responsible for above mentioned violations of the regulatory provisions & guidelines and submit an action taken report within 15 days, failing which suitable action will be initiated against the airline”.

Whether an motion towards the media individuals in query will probably be taken for unruly behaviour on flight, a senior DGCA official stated: “The airline has to figure that out”.

IndiGo stated: (*2*).

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