As Covid19 cases have risen again, India’s aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has enforced the usage of masks on flights and airports.
Passengers who do not comply will be labelled “unruly” and may be deboarded prior to departure, according to the directive.
"Any passenger on board an aeroplane who refuses to use a weak mask or violates the "Covid19 policy for passengers" despite numerous warnings throughout the flight may be considered as a rowdy passenger," according to the regulator.
The latest directive comes as India’s daily coronavirus infections have surpassed 5,000 for the first time in over three months.
In a 24-hour period, 5,233 infections were recorded, with seven false positives.
According to the regulation, all airlines should ensure that passengers use face masks when flying, as well as offer masks and sensitise passengers.
Repeated announcements on the same should be made at airports.
During the initial wave, the authorities had barred all local and foreign flights.
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