Civil Aviation Ministry on Friday has released the new airline guidelines on domestic flights.
"Airlines may serve pre-packed snacks/meals/pre-packed beverages on domestic flights depending on the duration of flight", read the civil aviation ministry's order. It has also permitted aircraft operators to allow passengers to use the in-flight entertainment system on worldwide and domestic flights. Meanwhile, the government has also allowed airlines to resume in-flight meal services on domestic flights, and serve alcohol and hot meals on global flights, however, those being subject to certain guidelines.
As per the DGCA rules, an airline can choose to put an unruly passenger on its no-fly list after internal deliberations.
For the global flights, the now updated SOP states that the airlines may serve hot meals with limited beverages.
In a wake of coronavirus pandemic, India suspended domestic and global flights from March 25 and March 23, respectively. The crew shall wear a fresh set of gloves for every meal/beverage service. Passengers, who willingly refuse to wear masks and put others' lives in jeopardy will invite strict action like being placed on the no-fly list.
As per the latest development, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has now asked airlines to put those passengers on the "no-fly list" who violate the standard operating procedures (SOPs) or do not wear masks during a flight. Disposable earphones or disinfected headphones need to be provided to passengers.
India had resumed its domestic flight operations on May 25 after a two-month ban, as part of nationwide lockdown restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus.
Scheduled worldwide passenger flights continue to remain suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. On worldwide flights, operators can "serve hot meals and limited beverages as per the standard practices", it added.
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