Wearing masks at the airport and in flight is made mandatory in lieu of increasing COVID numbers


Posted on 08 June 2022


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As Covid numbers began to rise in some sections of the country, the lack of masks at airports and on flights was once again made actionable. Passengers who refuse to comply may be de-boarded prior to take-off or classified as disorderly passengers, according to the civil aviation authority DGCA. The CISF will be in charge of enforcing mask regulations. The new DGCA instructions come only days after the Delhi High Court ruled that passengers who refuse to comply with Covid safety precautions will be prosecuted. "The Airline shall ensure that in case any passenger does not adhere to instructions even after repeated warnings, he/she should be de-boarded, if need be, before departure," the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said in its order today. Increased announcements and surveillance have been requested by airport operators. The DGCA directive stated that cases of passengers refusing to wear masks might result in a fine or the passengers could be turned over to security agencies for legal action.


Key Points

  • As Covid numbers began to rise in some sections of the country, the lack of masks at airports and on flights was once again made actionable.

  • The DGCA directive stated that cases of passengers refusing to wear masks might result in a fine or the passengers could be turned over to security agencies for legal action.

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