By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 13, Mar 2021, 15:55 pm IST | UPDATED: 13, Mar 2021, 15:55 pm IST
Sharing details about his own experience, Justice C Hari Shankar of the Delhi High Court said that many passengers on the Kolkata-Delhi flight had worn their masks incorrectly and shown resistance when pulled up by the cabin crew, adding that the cabin crew was helpless in implementing the mandated protocol.
"In the event of any passenger being unwilling to follow this protocol prior to the flight taking off, the passenger should be offloaded without delay. If a passenger, despite being reminded more than once in flight, refuses to follow this protocol, action should be taken against the passenger in accordance with the guidelines issued by the DGCA or the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, including placing the passenger on a no-fly regimen, either permanently or for a stipulated, sufficiently long period," the Delhi High Court said, according to the news agency PTI.
It is to be noted that passengers flights were banned in wake of nationwide coronavirus-induced lockdown in 2020. However, flight services resumed from May 25, 2020, in a 'graded manner' after permissions from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
From time to time, the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the DGCA have shared elaborate guidelines on the mandatory use of face masks and maintaining social distancing in airport terminals and inside the aircraft.
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