The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Saturday warned airlines that violations of in-flight norms, including photography, will lead to two-week suspension of scheduled routes.
In a statement, the DGCA said, “In case of any violation of Rule 13 of Aircraft Rules 1937 on any passenger aircraft, the schedule of flight for that particular route shall be suspended for two weeks from the next day.”
The Kangana episode
The statement came in wake of an incident onboard an Indigo flight in which actor Kangana Ranaut was travelling. Video footage showed media persons trailing Ranaut and shooting inside the cabin onboard flight from Chandigarh to Mumbai on Wednesday.
A video showed reporters and camerapersons jostling with each other near the front rows to get a comment from Ranaut after the plane landed at the Mumbai airport.
Kangana Ranaut and the ruling Shiv Sena in Maharashtra are engaged in a war of words after the actor compared Mumbai to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and said she feared for her safety.
What DGCA said
The regulator in the statement said airlines often fail to follow rules primarily due to lack of diligence on their part.
The DGCA has sought a report from IndiGo and has also asked it to take appropriate actions.
The DGCA pulled up the airlines for multiple violations including photography on board, violation of COVID-19 protocols and unruly behaviour of some media persons.
IndiGo, India’s largest private airline, was quoted by media as saying that its crew followed all protocol on that flight.
“We would like to reiterate that our cabin crew, as well as the captain, followed all the requisite protocols, including announcements to restrict photography, follow social distancing and maintain overall safety. IndiGo also followed the requisite protocol of documenting this matter in its post-flight report. We are committed to providing a safe, hassle-free experience to our passengers,” the domestic carrier was quoted by the media.
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