Flights to be grounded if "No in-flight photography" rules are flouted! Clarification here!
Galatta | Sep 14, 2020, 12:30 pm
The ongoing controversy between Kangana Ranaut and the Maharashtra government, specifically the Mumbai local authorities has been hitting the headlines for quite a few days now! There have been many back & forth's and the latest news from earlier today is that Kangana has returned to Himachal Pradesh from Mumbai. However, her arrival in Mumbai was marked by quite a ruckus. Her travel from Chandigarh to Mumbai on an IndiGo flight was also quite chaotic, with paparazzi creating quite a furore on the flight too. Video journalists flouted social distancing norms and safety protocols and a report was filed with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), in this regard!
Following this incident, the DGCA has now issued a strict norm! It has announced punitive measures for airlines failing to strictly adhere to the "No in-flight photography" norms! The order from DGCA states, "As you are aware, no person shall take, or cause or permit to be taken from an aircraft in flight, any photograph except in accordance with and subject to the terms and conditions of a permission in writing granted by the Director General, a Joint Director General, a Deputy Director General ot the Director of Regulations and Information of the Civil Aviation Department!" The order continued, "In spite of these regulations, it has been noted that at times, the airlines have failed to follow these stipulations primarily because of lack of diligence on their part. Needless to say that such deviations result in compromise of maintaining the highest standards of safety and therefore, it is not allowed." The DGCA also directed IndiGo to take action on those who compromised the safety of all passengers, on the flight carrying Kangana Ranaut!
Following this order, there were speculations that anybody clicking photos inside a flight would be penalised and the airlines would be punished by grounding that flight for 2 weeks! However, putting to rest all speculations, the DGCA issued a subsequent order clarifying that "bonafide passengers" can continue clicking photos or taking video while travelling by flight but recording equipment which could compromise the safety of the flight and all the passengers, will continue to remain banned. Experts state that the order from the DGCA is to ensure that no safety protocols are violated and also to stop the intrusion of privacy of passengers while inflight.