DGCA: Flyers can take images, movies in flights however can’t use recording devices resulting in ‘chaos’

Mukesh Ranjan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 13

Clarifying additional on its Saturday order regarding in-flight pictures, the aviation regulator DGCA on Sunday mentioned passengers can take images and movies inside plane however can’t use any recording gear that “creates chaos, disrupts flight operations, violates safety norms or is banned by the crew members”.

On final Friday, the aviation regulator had requested IndiGo to take “appropriate action” after it discovered alleged violation of security and social-distancing protocols by media individuals within the airline’s Chandigarh-Mumbai flight that had actor Kangana Ranaut as a passenger.

The DGCA order at present “clarified that a bona fide passenger travelling in an aircraft engaged in scheduled air transport services may do still and video photography from inside such an aircraft while in flight; take off and landing” as per its round dated December 9, 2004.

“However, this permission does not include use of any recording equipment which imperils or compromises air safety; violates prevalent norms; creates chaos or disruption during operation of flight or expressly prohibited by crew,” the DGCA order mentioned, including that motion could also be “initiated against those persons found in violation of above guidelines”.

Today’s order is a clarification on prime of the yesterday’s order which had mentioned, “It has been decided that from now on, in case any violation (photography) occurs on any scheduled passenger aircraft – the schedule of flight for that particular route shall be suspended for a period of two weeks from the next day (of the incident).”

Yesterday’s order acknowledged that as per Rule 13 of the Aircraft Rules 1937, no individual is allowed to take any images inside a flight besides when permission is granted by the DGCA or the Civil Aviation Ministry.

As per the DGCA guidelines, an airline can put an “unruly passenger” on its “no-fly list” for a sure time period after an inside enquiry.


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