The Madras High Court on Monday ordered the Civil Aviation Ministry to consider and pass a reasoned order on a representation made by a public interest litigant to ensure announcement of In-Flight Safety Instructions in the local language s of the origin city and destination city apart from English and Hindi.
Madras High Court
Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice P.D. Audikesavalu gave the order while disposing of a PIL petition filed by advocate B. Ramkumar Adityan of Thoothukudi.
The litigant announcement that the safety of air travelers could not be ensured if they weren’t able to understand the safety instructions.
- He said the airline operators could use recorded voices in many languages to teach the passengers about the safety measures that they necessarily follow while flying.
It might not take much to utilize such recorded voices but such a move would go a long way in saving lives, the litigant said.
Flight safety instructions cards must be printed in multiple languages
He also insisted that the flight safety instructions cards must be printed in Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Maithili, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu & Urdu (the languages listed in the eighth schedule to the Constitution).
Following hearing his counsel, the judges granted liberty to the petitioner to make a new representation to the Ministry within four weeks and directed the Ministry to dispose of such a description by passing a reasoned order within eight weeks thereafter.
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source: The hindu