Govt permits meals on flights; airways can put flyers on no-fly listing for refusing to put on masks

New Delhi, August 28

The authorities has permitted the airways to serve pre-packed snacks, meals and drinks on home flights and sizzling meals on worldwide flights, in keeping with an official order.

Moreover, any passenger who refuses to put on a face masks in a flight might be placed on the no-fly listing by the airline, stated a senior official of the aviation regulator DGCA.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in-flight meal service was not permitted on home flights since their resumption on May 25. On worldwide flights, solely pre-packed chilly meals and snacks had been being served relying on the flight length since May this yr.

In an order issued on Thursday, the Civil Aviation Ministry stated: “Airlines may serve pre-packed snacks or meals or pre-packed beverages on domestic flights depending on the duration of the flight. Airlines and charter flight operators can serve hot meals and limited beverages on international flights as per the standard practices,” it added.

The ministry stated solely single-use disposable trays, plates and cutlery must be used whereas serving meals or drinks in home and worldwide flights.

“Crew shall wear a fresh set of gloves for every meal/beverage service,” it famous.

The Ministry additionally permitted the plane operators to let passengers use the in-flight leisure system on worldwide in addition to home flights wherever accessible.

“Disposable earphones or cleaned and disinfected headphones will be provided to passengers at the start of the journey,” it famous.

Meanwhile, a senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) stated: “A passenger who refuses to wear a face mask can be put on the no-fly list by the airline. No new order has been passed in this regard as the airline and its cabin crew are sufficiently empowered under the existing DGCA rules to take action.”

As per the DGCA guidelines, an airline can select to place an unruly passenger on its no-fly listing after inside deliberations. Subsequently, different airways could comply with swimsuit in placing that passenger on their no-fly lists.

Scheduled worldwide passenger flights proceed to stay suspended in India since March 23 as a result of coronavirus pandemic. However, particular worldwide flights have been working below the ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ and bilateral air bubble preparations which have been signed with numerous nations.

Domestic flights resumed in India on May 25 after a niche of two months in view of the pandemic. However, airways are allowed to function 45 per cent of their pre-COVID home flights. PTI

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