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DGCA ‘Clarifies’ Photos, Videos Allowed in Flights But No Use of Recording Gadgets Which ‘Create Chaos’

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On Saturday, the regulator had mentioned {that a} scheduled flight might be suspended for a interval of two weeks if anybody is discovered taking pictures contained in the aircraft.

  • PTI
  • Last Updated: September 13, 2020, 6:23 PM IST


Aviation regulator DGCA “clarified” on Sunday passengers can take pictures and movies inside flights however cannot use any recording gear that creates chaos, disrupts flight operations, violates security norms or is banned by the crew members. On Saturday, the regulator had mentioned {that a} scheduled flight might be suspended for a interval of two weeks if anybody is discovered taking pictures contained in the aircraft.

Two days again, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation had requested IndiGo to take “appropriate action” after it discovered alleged violation of security and social-distancing protocols by mediapersons within the airline’s Chandigarh-Mumbai flight that had actor Kangana Ranaut as a passenger.

According to a video of the incident that came about contained in the flight on September 9, reporters and cameramen have been jostling and bunching as much as get a remark from Ranaut, who was sitting in one of many entrance rows of the aircraft.

The DGCA order on Sunday “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 order famous.

Action could also be initiated in opposition to these individuals present in violation of above pointers, the order added. The Sunday order is a clarification on prime of the Saturday order that mentioned, “It has been decided that from now on, incase 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).”

The Saturday order said that as per Rule 13 of the Aircraft Rules 1937, no individual is allowed to take any pictures 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 frame after an inner enquiry.

About the Chandigarh-Mumbai flight incident, a DGCA official had mentioned on Friday that the outstanding points with the incident have been associated to “photography on board in violation of Aircraft rules 13, violation of COVID-19 protocols and certain actions falling within the purview of unruly behaviour on board”.

The Shiv Sena, which heads the alliance authorities within the state, and Ranaut had engaged in a disagreement after she likened Mumbai to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and mentioned she feared Mumbai police greater than the alleged film mafia.

On September 9 morning, a workforce of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had demolished the alterations allegedly made with out the civic physique’s approval at Ranaut’s bungalow in Pali Hill in Mumbai. Ranaut arrived in Mumbai the identical day after the demolition by the aforementioned IndiGo flight.

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