Intentionally not wearing a mask in flight will put you in ‘No-fly’ list: DGCA

DGCA : The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has taken a decision that ‘If a passenger refuses to wear a face mask on board, then an airline could put a passenger on the ‘No-Fly’ list. The Centre has aslo permitted the airlines of the country to serve meals and beverages to passengers.

Intentionally not wearing mask will put you in 'No-fly' list- DGCA
Credit: The Federal News

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

Further giving clarification on the usage of the mask, DGCA added – “Regarding face mask during air travel, all passengers can remove mask only for genuine or legitimate reason like drinking water and having food. If the flight commandant or the cabin crew finds that the passenger is intentionally not wearing a mask, posing a threat to other passengers, then such ‘reckless’ air passenger should be put on no-fly list.”

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The ministry emphasizing on hygiene and safety said ‘only single-use disposable trays, plates and cutlery should be used while serving food or beverages in domestic and international flights’.

Apart from ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ which is operational to repatriate Indians stranded abroad, normal operations of flights are still not in full swing.