The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Saturday issued a fresh guideline, which says that passengers won’t be allowed to move their masks below the nose except under “exceptional” situations. According to the guideline, passengers will be deboarded from an aircraft if they are not wearing masks properly or are not following appropriate COVID behavior.


“In case, any passenger onboard an aircraft refuses to wear masks or violates protocol despite repeated warnings then the passenger will be treated as ‘unruly passenger’,” the DCGA guidelines read.

“In the event of any passenger being unwilling to follow this protocol prior to the flight taking off, the passenger should be offloaded without delay. If a passenger, despite being reminded more than once in flight, refuses to follow this protocol, action should be taken against the passenger in accordance with the guidelines issued by the DGCA or the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, including placing the passenger on a no-fly regimen, either permanently or for a stipulated, sufficiently long period,” the Delhi High Court said, as reported by news agency PTI.

All passenger flights were banned after the central government announced a nationwide coronavirus-induced lockdown. However, flights resumed from May 25 last year in a ‘graded manner’ after permissions from the Ministry of Home Affairs.




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