Two week flight suspension, if airlines fail to stop photography on board
If passengers take
photographs on board a flight, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)
will suspend the operation of that particular flight from the next day for a
period of two weeks till such time that the airline hasn’t taken action against
those responsible for the violation.
What caused the passing of this regulation…
The video showing
media with cameras hectically trying to shoot the actor Kangana Ranaut on board
IndiGo Chandigarh to Mumbai flight went viral making the regulation necessary
and urgent act of responsibility.
"As per Rule
13 of Aircraft rules 1937, no person shall take, or cause or permit to be
taken, at a government aerodrome or from an aircraft in flight, any
photograph…," said the order passed by Sunil Kumar, deputy director
How permission is granted…
photograph is permitted when it complies with the relevant regulation that says
permission in writing is granted by the director-general, a Joint Director
General, a Deputy Director General or the Director of Regulations and
Information f the Civil Aviation Department; this permission is , however, not
applicable when such aircraft is landing, taking off or on ground at a defence
aerodrome," the order said.
"It has been
decided that from now on, in case any such violation 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, that is, the day
following and shall be restored only after the airline has taken all the
necessary punitive action against those responsible for the violation,"
the order said.
IndiGo in a
statement, said: “We have given our statement to DGCA regarding the matter…We
would like to reiterate that our cabin crew, as well as the captain, followed
all requisite protocols, including announcements to restrict photography,
follow social distancing and maintain overall safety. IndiGo also followed the
requisite protocol of documenting this matter in its postflight report.