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DGCA asks airlines to keep middle seat vacant or provide “wrap around”

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday urged the airlines to try and keep the middle seats vacant in flights. The aviation regulator added that if the middle seats cannot be left vacant, the passengers should be provided with a “wrap around”.

Social distancing is a big part of the battle against coronavirus and the Supreme Court had recently pointed it out that socially distancing is equally important in flights.

Passengers who do end up with middle seats on a flight should be provided “additional protective equipment like a wraparound gown of the Textile Ministry approved standards” in addition to a face mask and shield, a DGCA order stated. Passengers of the same family can sit together.

India resumed domestic flight operations from May 25, kick-starting a gradual reboot of air travel that was halted two months ago on account of a lockdown imposed to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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