Aviation regulator DGCA on Tuesday instructed airports to think about imposing spot fines, with the assistance of police authorities, on passengers who’re discovered not sporting masks correctly and never sustaining social distancing as per the COVID-19 guidelines. On March 13, the Directorate Common of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had requested airports and airways to make sure that passengers put on masks and keep social distance always throughout air journey, and take motion towards these violating the norms.
In a round issued on Tuesday, the regulator mentioned, “Through the surveillance of some airports, it has come to note that compliance (of COVID-19 protocols) just isn’t passable.”
“All airport operators, subsequently, are requested to make sure that the directions on COVID-19 protocol from the standpoint of sporting face masks correctly, protecting nostril and mouth, in addition to sustaining social distance norms inside the airport premises are adopted scrupulously,” it mentioned.
Accordingly, all airport operators can enhance surveillance on this regard, the DGCA mentioned.
“The potential for taking punitive motion, equivalent to levy of spot fines in accordance with the legislation, shall even be explored with native police authorities in order to serve a deterrent for violation of COVID-19 protocol,” it acknowledged.
The March 13 round had requested the airport operators at hand over the passengers, who usually are not following the COVID-19 protocol even after repeated warnings, to the safety companies.
Furthermore, it had requested the airways to de-board the passengers who refused to stick to COVID-19 norms even after repeated warnings and think about banning them from flying for not less than three months.
Fifteen passengers, who have been discovered violating COVID-19 norms on home flights of three airways between March 15 and March 23, may be banned for 3 months by the carriers, senior officers of the DGCA had mentioned final week.
(With PTI inputs)